Solar Power Station to Be Built at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bonneville Environmental Foundation

    RICHLAND, Wash., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Three Northwest energy organizations announced today plans to construct the
 region's largest solar power station on the site of the terminated WNP-1
 nuclear power plant in south-central Washington. The Earth Day 2001 commitment
 was announced by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Energy Northwest,
 and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
     Additional corporate financial sponsorship is coming from Newport
 Northwest LLC.  A pending grant from the U.S. Department of Energy would
 complete the financing package.  Altogether the organizations will invest up
 to $250,000 in the first phase of what will be the largest solar photovoltaic
 installation in the Pacific Northwest, with a generating capacity between
 35 and 50 kilowatts.
     Steve Wright, acting BPA administrator said, "This is the second regional
 solar facility BPA, the Environmental Foundation and public power have
 collaborated on.  The 30-kilowatt Ashland Solar Project was dedicated only
 last summer.  It shows that even in the midst of our present difficulties, BPA
 and its partners are continuing to invest in the region's energy future."
     "This station will help meet the growing demand for green power in the
 Northwest and demonstrate the promise of solar technology for this region,"
 said Angus Duncan, president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
     "Today, our public power members will get a head start in learning about
 this generation technology of the future," added Dick Koenigs, project
 development manager for Energy Northwest.
     Energy Northwest, a consortium of 13 public power agencies in Washington
 and operator of the Columbia Generating Station, will own and operate the
 pilot plant.  The station will deliver power using interconnection equipment
 originally intended to link the nuclear plant to the grid.  Additional
 donations from other partners and revenues from power sales will be reinvested
 in increasing the station's capacity over time.
     Estimated output would be about 80,000 kilowatt-hours annually for the
 full 50-kilowatt first phase of the installation.  At least 27.5 kilowatts
 could be installed and operating as early as this July.
     Each of the three partners will invest $50,000 in the installation's
 first phase.  The partners anticipate another $50,000 coming later from the
 U.S. Department of Energy's "Brightfields" solar grant program, through
 Washington State University's Cooperative Extension Energy Service.  Western
 Sun, a solar equipment buying cooperative associated with WSU, will assist
 with procurement of the solar cells and balance-of-station equipment.
     An additional $50,000 contribution has been committed by Newport Northwest
 LLC of Mercer Island, Wash., an affiliate of Newport Generation Inc., Irvine,
 Calif.
     Ralph Cavanagh, energy policy project director for the Natural Resources
 Defense Council in San Francisco, said, "The Northwest isn't thought of as a
 natural home for solar.  But in fact the region has a world-class solar
 resource, as this project demonstrates."
 
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SOURCE Bonneville Environmental Foundation
    RICHLAND, Wash., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Three Northwest energy organizations announced today plans to construct the
 region's largest solar power station on the site of the terminated WNP-1
 nuclear power plant in south-central Washington. The Earth Day 2001 commitment
 was announced by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Energy Northwest,
 and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
     Additional corporate financial sponsorship is coming from Newport
 Northwest LLC.  A pending grant from the U.S. Department of Energy would
 complete the financing package.  Altogether the organizations will invest up
 to $250,000 in the first phase of what will be the largest solar photovoltaic
 installation in the Pacific Northwest, with a generating capacity between
 35 and 50 kilowatts.
     Steve Wright, acting BPA administrator said, "This is the second regional
 solar facility BPA, the Environmental Foundation and public power have
 collaborated on.  The 30-kilowatt Ashland Solar Project was dedicated only
 last summer.  It shows that even in the midst of our present difficulties, BPA
 and its partners are continuing to invest in the region's energy future."
     "This station will help meet the growing demand for green power in the
 Northwest and demonstrate the promise of solar technology for this region,"
 said Angus Duncan, president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
     "Today, our public power members will get a head start in learning about
 this generation technology of the future," added Dick Koenigs, project
 development manager for Energy Northwest.
     Energy Northwest, a consortium of 13 public power agencies in Washington
 and operator of the Columbia Generating Station, will own and operate the
 pilot plant.  The station will deliver power using interconnection equipment
 originally intended to link the nuclear plant to the grid.  Additional
 donations from other partners and revenues from power sales will be reinvested
 in increasing the station's capacity over time.
     Estimated output would be about 80,000 kilowatt-hours annually for the
 full 50-kilowatt first phase of the installation.  At least 27.5 kilowatts
 could be installed and operating as early as this July.
     Each of the three partners will invest $50,000 in the installation's
 first phase.  The partners anticipate another $50,000 coming later from the
 U.S. Department of Energy's "Brightfields" solar grant program, through
 Washington State University's Cooperative Extension Energy Service.  Western
 Sun, a solar equipment buying cooperative associated with WSU, will assist
 with procurement of the solar cells and balance-of-station equipment.
     An additional $50,000 contribution has been committed by Newport Northwest
 LLC of Mercer Island, Wash., an affiliate of Newport Generation Inc., Irvine,
 Calif.
     Ralph Cavanagh, energy policy project director for the Natural Resources
 Defense Council in San Francisco, said, "The Northwest isn't thought of as a
 natural home for solar.  But in fact the region has a world-class solar
 resource, as this project demonstrates."
 
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