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Kittitas green lights environmental permit for solar project

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CLE ELUM, Wash. -- Kittitas county has given the "green light" by approving the environmental permit for Teanaway Solar Reserve.

The Office of Community Development Services issued a Mitigated Declaration of Non-Significance, finding the Teanaway project will not have any significant impact to the environment.

"I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the decision. It represents literally thousands of hours of work from our team of engineers and scientists, and coordination with the county and various state agencies, to develop a comprehensive plan for moving forward with a project that will provide renewable energy and jobs while permanently safeguarding the environment," said Howard Trott, TRS Managing Director in a statement.

Thursday's decision was a result of input from state agencies including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology, and the Department of Natural Resources.

TSR leaders said the final proposal also included input from the City of Cle Elum and numerous area residents.

In August, the county's Board of Adjustment will make a ruling on the Conditional Use Permit application.

The 75 mega watt reserve would be enough to power 45,000 households in the area. The project would also create more than 220 jobs.

Leaders hope to complete the project by fall of 2011.