The Bonneville Environmental Foundation has helped add four newsolar panels at Windermere Real Estate Building in Eastsound, WA,the Lopez (Island) Community Center, the Westsound Marina and theOPALCO office. This combination of utility owned and privatelyowned sites will contribute an estimated 5,200 kilowatt hours ofelectricity a year into the electricity grid, producing energy thatis natural and pollution-free while helping the islands served byOPALCO to become more self sufficient.

"The regional interest in solar energy has quickenedconsiderably since BEF opened its doors in 1999," says AngusDuncan, president of BEF. "OPALCO members have been among the firstto show a high level of interest in power that isnon-polluting."

"We are serious about developing renewable resources in San JuanCounty," adds Doug Bechtel, OPALCO's general manager.

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