12.06.2011 Thurston Solar Management (TSM), a joint venture of PureSolar, Inc and Tangerine Power, was the unanimous choice of the Olympia City Council to develop four new Community Solar projects on city properties, in addition to the already approved Hands On Children’s Museum project. According to TSM Managing Member, Rich Phillips, the four locations; new City Hall; The Olympia Community Center; new Fire Station #4; and Fir Street Reservoir each have an interesting mix of visibility and potential, and will showcase different types of installations from ground mount systems to possible ballasted systems. Phillips says that each array will be constructed with Made In Washington solar panels and inverters, in order to take advantage of statewide incentives that encourage the creation of “green-collar” manufacturing and construction jobs.
“These five projects will generate nearly $2.5 million in revenue for WA state manufacturers and installers and will save the City of Olympia upwards of $1.3 million in avoided utility costs over the next 25 years. We’re pretty excited about the benefits to the city, but are just as excited about the other assets to the community as a whole. Creating clean, renewable energy on site is an excellent educational tool; a way to reduce our dependence on foreign or dirty fuel; a way to reduce our carbon output and improve our health, and is an endearing legacy to future generations of Olympia residents.”
Construction completion on each project is scheduled for 2012.