This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

June 05, 2002

Largest Solar Power Facility in Northwest Goes Online

The 38.7-kilowatt White Bluffs Solar Station is now online in Richland, Washington. The largest such facility in the Northwest, the solar station is owned and operated by Energy Northwest. DOE's Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will integrate the power from the system into its electrical grid, while the Bonneville Environmental Foundation will sell green tags from the project. DOE contributed $30,000 toward the project through its "Brightfields" program. See the BPA press release.

Abandoned or contaminated properties are often referred to as "brownfields." Building on that idea, DOE coined the term "Brightfield" to mean a brownfield that is redeveloped through the incorporation of solar energy. See the Brightfields Web site on EREN.

White Bluffs Solar Station is located adjacent to WNP-1, an unfinished nuclear plant that sits a mile east of Columbia Generating Station, the region's only operating nuclear power station. Energy Northwest was formerly known as the Washington Public Power Supply System, which developed WNP-1 and Columbia. The organization recently concluded that WNP-1 will never be completed as a nuclear generating facility. See the Energy Northwest press release.

Energy Northwest not only has a new name but is also pursuing a new image. The organization is currently developing the Nine Canyon Wind Project and is also involved with fuel cell and wave energy demonstration projects. Energy Northwest even has a new Web site.