White Bluffs Solar Station
For more information:
P.O. Box 968
Richland, WA 99352-0968
White Bluffs Solar Station is a solar power demonstration project developed through a joint effort of Energy Northwest, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and Newport Northwest LLC. Each of these entities invested $50,000 in the project. Washington State University’s Cooperative Extension Energy Service coordinated a “Brightfields” solar grant, using the U.S. Department of Energy contribution. The station is owned and operated by Energy Northwest.
The White Bluffs Solar Station is comprised of 242 photovoltaic panels; the project’s nameplate rating is 38.7 kilowatts DC, which converts to 29.5 kilowatts AC at PVUSA Test Conditions. The panels are multi-crystalline silicon modules that convert sunlight into electricity.
Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source. Because of the extremely high construction costs of a solar power station, the price of power they produce is higher than market rates. Bonneville Power Administration buys all of the power produced at White Bluffs Solar Station for 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation sells “green tags” from the facility to businesses that want to support construction of new renewable resources or companies mitigating pollutants in one form or another.
|Type:||Polycrystalline photovoltaic panels (solar)|
|Generating Capacity:||38.7 Kilowatts DC|
|Site Size:||~6,000 square feet|
|Project Planning Began:||June 2001|
Contract Awarded to BP Solar:
Meter Installed; Supplying Power to the Grid:
Construction Complete; Site Dedication: