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Bayview Business Park Adds Solar Array

The state Department of Commerce’s Tom Stilz cuts the ribbon to mark completion of the Port of Skagit’s solar project while (from left) Port of Skagit Commissioners Kevin Ware, Steven Omdal and Bill Shuler assist.





Burlington – The Port of Skagit recently celebrated the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on a building at its Bayview Business Park.

The on-site, grid-connected photovoltaic array will help offset energy consumption from the electric grid. The system is guaranteed to produce at least 3,835 kWh per year.  It was installed on the Skagit Valley Malting facility, which utilizes cutting-edge technology to process locally grown grain and thus helps to preserve and develop farming in Skagit County.

“The Port of Skagit is proud to promote solar energy to fuel local jobs, promote local farmers, support economic development, and ensure a more sustainable future,” said Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin.

The Port selected Ameresco, a company that provides sustainable and efficient solar energy solutions, to construct the solar array. Ameresco sub-contracted Seattle-based Artisan Electric to assist with the project. Account executive Larry Owens provided a detailed overview of the project at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 15.

“Clean renewable energy, based on scales of economies, is cost effective for our community,” said Port of Skagit Commissioner Steven Omdal during the opening presentation.

The project was made possible by a $205,342 grant from the state Department of Commerce. The Port of Skagit matched state funding by contributing $75,000 from its revenue generated Opportune Capital Investment fund. 

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email