2020 12 16 energy northwest solar

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When this new 75MW project is installed in 2022, it will represent the largest solar installation in Washington to date and will power up to 11,000 homes.

Located at Hanford nuclear reservation, it’s a great use of land resources that likely couldn’t be used for any other purpose. Additionally, they may be able to use some of the leftover intra-structure from WPPS, (Washington Public Power Supply System) the largest defaulted municipal bond ($2.25 billion) in US history that only resulted in two of five nuclear reactors going online.

2020 12 16 columia nuclear generator

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This 75 MW project will be adjacent to another clean energy testbed, a 20 acre, 4 MW solar plus storage site, which powers about 600 homes in the Richland area.

2020 12 16 horn rapids solar project

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Increasingly, energy providers are selecting solar plus storage over more expensive and toxic energy generation options such as fossil fuels and nuclear. Solar is now the cheapest option for new electrical generation.

2020 12 07 utility dentralized model

A balanced, interconnected grid with centralized and decentralized solar + storage resources saves ratepayers money, increases the stability of our electricity, eliminates our dependency upon foreign-sourced fossil fuels AND, most importantly reduces CO2 emissions that contribute to the Climate Crisis.


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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

Jeremy Smithson

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