Carriger Solar, LLC (Applicant), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, proposes to construct and operate the Carriger Solar Project (Project) located in unincorporated Klickitat County approximately 2 miles northwest of the City of Goldendale. The Project is a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generating facility with a capacity of 160 megawatts (MW) of alternating current (AC) solar energy and 63 MW of battery energy storage.
The Project is generally located north of State Route (SR) 142 and along Knight Road, Fairgrounds Road West, Mesecher road West, Fish Hatchery Road, Butts Road, and Pine Forest Road approximately 2 miles west/northwest of the city of Goldendale in Klickitat County.
The Project Site Control Boundary contains 2,108-acres and is comprised of two non-contiguous areas across 25 privately owned parcels. Within the Project Site Control Boundary, a smaller 2,011-acre Project Study Area is defined for biological, cultural, and physical resource surveys and includes the portions of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Right-of-Way (ROW) subject to agreement with BPA and Knight Road ROW subject to franchise agreement with Benton County. Within the Project Study Area, a smaller area of 1,323-acres will be permanently or temporarily disturbed by Project construction and is referred to as the Maximum Project Extent (MPE). This area (1,323-acres) contains the Project footprint associated with the solar array areas, Project substation, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) facilities, collector lines, interconnection equipment, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) building and employee parking, laydown area, access roads, and fencing. The MPE also includes additional construction areas to allow for the shifting of project components, known as micro-siting, based on a final approved project design.
Lands in the Project Study Area have historically been utilized for agricultural activities such as crop cultivation and livestock grazing. The Project is located primarily within the Klickitat County Extensive Agriculture (EA) District with two assessor parcels (totaling approximately 180-acre) and a portion of the Knight Road ROW being located within the Klickitat County General Rural (GR) District. The southern portion of the Project Study Area is located within the Klickitat County Energy Overlay Zone (EOZ). Existing land uses in the Project Study Area predominately include crop cultivation (mostly dryland wheat) and pasturelands with some scattered rural residences (owned by Project participant landowners), undeveloped areas, local roads, and electrical infrastructure (e.g., transmission and distribution lines). Adjacent land uses surrounding the Project Study Area are similar and include scattered rural residences owned both by Project participants and non-Project participants, the Goldendale Fish Hatchery and adjacent Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) owned lands, SR 142, and the BPA Knight Substation.
Construction of the Project is anticipated to take up to 15 months and is anticipated to begin during the first quarter of 2024.
Please visit the certification process webpage to learn more about how the application process works.
Applicant: Cypress Creek Renewables
Facility: 160 megawatts (MW) of alternating current (AC) solar energy