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Originally published Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM

House passes bill to aid Cle Elum solar project

A bill aimed at helping move forward a massive solar project near Cle Elum has again passed the Washington House of Representatives.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

A bill aimed at helping move forward a massive solar project near Cle Elum has again passed the Washington House of Representatives.

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1365 on Monday for the third time. The bill would give utilities double credit for power bought from the proposed Teanaway Solar Reserve in meeting the requirements of voter-approved Initiative 937.

I-937 required large utilities in the state to get at least 15 percent of its power supply from renewable sources by 2020. It already gives double credit for small projects.

Rep. Dave Upthegrove says if the bill moves forward soon, the solar project can capture a federal tax credit..

Opponents have said I-937 was designed to give extra credit for small projects, not large ones.

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