Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers
Large commercial and industrial electric customers in Washington State soon will be able to tap into a renewable, cost-effective energy source.
Avista Utilities has unveiled the Solar Select program, which will be powered by 28 megawatts of renewable solar energy, making the array 25 times larger than the current largest array in Washington.
Avista is one of 15 utilities in the country that offers a renewable energy green tariff designed to meet commercial and industrial customers’ sustainability and carbon reduction goals, according to a release.
In Lind, Wash., which is part of Avista’s electric service territory, the array will be comprised of more than 81,000 panels that span 170 acres and generate enough electricity to supply approximately 4,000 homes annually.
Avista’s interest in the development of a voluntary commercial solar program is part of its ongoing commitment to provide customers with renewable energy choices, the company said. In recent years, an increasing number of Avista customers have requested more options to subscribe to renewable energy programs, looking for a renewable energy product that meets their business’ current and future needs.
Construction of the new solar facility is scheduled to begin this spring with commercial operation starting mid-December 2018. Solar Select will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for Avista’s large commercial and industrial electric customers in Washington.
Official enrollment for the program begins May 1.
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