Clean, renewable, low-cost hydropower has been the essence of Chelan County PUD for decades. Now the new renewables -- solar, wind and small hydro -- are complimenting that legacy.
Between 2003 and 2006, the Alcoa community foundation, McCandlish Electric of Wenatchee, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191 paid for and installed 36 solar arrays at schools and nonprofit agencies throughout Chelan County. Revenues generated by the sale of electricity at these sites goes back to the schools and the community. At the Performing Arts Center in downtown Wenatchee, for example, revenues generated from a 10-kilowatt solar installation can cover 20 percent of the building's energy costs.
Customer contributions to SNAP are benefiting the schools and nonprofit agencies, providing a lasting source of revenue for educational and community programs.
2017 SNAP Annual Report: "Good for the community, good for the world"
Number of SNAP sites: 88
Schools: 21 (installations funded by Alcoa/IBEW)
Non-profit agencies: 7 (6 installations funded by Alcoa/IBEW)
Private producers: 54
Colleges (Wenatchee Valley College) : 2
Public facilities (Federal Building in Wenatchee, cities of Chelan and Leavenworth): 3
Community solar projects: 1
SNAP producers by type
Small Hydro: 1
(Producer Larry Hibbard of Manson has both solar and small hydro)
Capacity (in kilowatts): 441
Small Hydro: 5
Generation (kilowatt hours in SNAP year ending 3/31/17)
Small Hydro: 14,650
As of April 2017