Distributed Energy Resources

Energy Northwest signs letter of intent tied to approximately 75-MW solar facility

Energy Northwest and Tucci Energy Services are planning a new partnership to develop what could become Washington’s largest utility-scale photovoltaic solar project, Energy Northwest reported on Nov. 30.

They signed a letter of intent under which Energy Northwest will lease Tucci Energy Services 300 acres of land, located north of Richland, Wash., that would allow Tucci Energy Services to build around 75 megawatts of photovoltaic solar panels. Tucci Energy Services expressed interest in developing the 300 acres in October.

Construction is projected for spring of 2022 and Tucci Energy Services is actively seeking potential customers for the solar electricity.  

Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency formed by the Washington Legislature, noted that it is committed to exploring and developing a variety of clean energy resources for the region to help meet the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act goals by 2045.

Energy Northwest’s member public utilities are prioritized in the opportunity to join the project at competitive cost and the agency is providing its expertise as a regional clean-energy provider, it said.

 Potelco Inc. of Sumner, Washington, will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

The 300-acre property is adjacent to the newly energized Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training project​, which is also a partnership between Energy Northwest and Tucci Energy Services.