Utilities, Industrial, Solar - February 28, 2023
Puget Sound Energy to Use Solar From New Farm
Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program, which allows large commercial and governmental participants the ability to purchase 100% of their energy from local renewable energy resources, will be using resources from the new Lund Hill solar farm in Klickitat County, Washington, the state’s largest photovoltaic plant.
The Lund Hill solar farm achieved commercial operation and will be producing 150 megawatts (MW). It was constructed by AVANGRID, a sustainable energy company and member of the Iberdrola Group.
“Lund Hill represents a major milestone for us at AVANGRID and is proof of our commitment with accelerating the energy transition in the U.S.,” said Pedro Azagra, AVANGRID’s CEO in a statement. “We are pleased to work with Puget Sound Energy to help it meet its ambitious goals to reduce emissions and provide clean, reliable power to its customers.”
AVANGRID’s facility will supply the solar for PSE’s second round offering of their Green Direct program, for which more than 40 customers have already signed up, among them six Washington state government agencies, including the Departments of Health, Ecology, and Transportation (WSDOT), among others.
Lund Hill is located on approximately 1,800 acres, a mix of land leased from private landowners and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the state’s first solar power land lease.
By adding more renewables to PSE’s portfolio, Green Direct also furthers PSE’s decarbonization goals and moves toward 100% clean energy by 2045 as called for in Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act.
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