The Ellensburg Renewable Energy Park was built between 2006 and 2013. The solar generating facility was the nations first Community Solar Project and was built in 4 phases totaling 110 kW of solar panels. Two different technologies of solar panels were used, polycrystalline on the left and thin film on the right to demonstrate the difference in output of the two types of panels. The $7.75 per watt cost of solar equipment when it was built was much higher than it is today. In 2015 the cost of solar components has dropped below $5.00 per watt for made in Washington components making solar more affordable to more people. In January 2016 Ellensburg City Council authorized Energy Services to proceed with a 194 kW expansion just east of the present systems. Total construction cost of $489,000 or $2.51/watt equates to about $0.12 per kWh power cost. The site is designed for an addition 194 kW and future expansions will continue to grow the Renewable Energy Park solar facilities.