Proposed Kittitas solar farm passes county environmental review

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KITTITAS, Wash. — A proposal to build the state’s largest solar power plant on farmland east of Ellensburg has cleared the first phase of approval by Kittitas County.

The 48-acre project is not likely to have “significant adverse impact” on the environment, according to the determination county officials published on Wednesday.

Neighbors have objected to the plan by Portland-based developer OneEnergy Renewables to construct a 4.5-megawatt solar farm — enough to power at least 600 homes — because they want to see the land remain in agricultural use.

The county’s approval is contingent on a variety of mitigation measures, including buffers along the creek, dust and weed control, and a bond to the county to cover the cost of eventually decommissioning the project, according to the determination.

By Kate Prengaman – Aug 11, 2016
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