White Bluffs Solar Station

The White Bluffs Solar Station is located 10 miles north of Richland, Wash., where the sun shines about 300 days a year. The project uses 242 photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into 38.7 kilowatts of direct current electricity.

A demonstration project, Energy Northwest developed White Bluffs as a joint effort with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Department of Energy and Newport Northwest LLC. Energy Northwest owns and operates the project.

Energy Northwest sells all of White Bluff’s power to the Bonneville Power Administration for 4 cents per kilowatt-hour, less than the cost of production. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation sells green tags, or renewable energy certificates, from White Bluffs to businesses wanting to support construction of new renewable energy facilities or pollution mitigation.

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source. White Bluffs further demonstrates Energy Northwest’s commitment to developing environmentally responsible sources to generate electricity.

 

wind101.png Learn more about solar power:

Other solar resources:

http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=solar_home-basics

http://www.energy.gov/energysources/solar.htm

 

WB-Bullet.jpgQuick Facts

Type: polycrystalline photovoltaic
 panels (solar)

Generating capacity:

38.7 kilowatts DC

Location:
10 miles north
of Richland, Wash.

Site size: 6,000 square feet
 

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White Bluffs Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

WB-History.jpg History

Project planning began: June 2001


Contract awarded to BP Solar: December 2001


Construction began: March 2002


Meter installed; supplying power to the grid: April 2002


Construction complete; site dedication: May 2002