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BigToys, Inc. Goes with the Wind

The Stateline Wind Project is a major source for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) "Green Power" program. Customers can purchase electricity generated from its 186 wind turbines. The Stateline Wind Farm is on the border between Washington and Oregon and owes its 16-18 mph winds (on average) to the Columbia Gorge (the reason the Gorge attracts windsurfers from far and wide).

BigToys, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial playground equipment based in Olympia, Wash., has recently made the switch to wind power through Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) "Green Power" program.

"Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, we've maintained a commitment to environmental stewardship," explains Tim Madeley, president and owner of BigToys. " An example of that commitment was BigToys removing all polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from its playground equipment starting back in 2004.

"This move to green power is one more tangible way we can demonstrate industry leadership and our enduring commitment to sustainable business practices," Mr. Madeley added.

The PSE Green Power program focuses on expanding the use of power generated from solar, wind and biomass energy. It is one of the top 10 green power programs in the country, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

BigToys, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been building "earth-friendly" commercial play structures for nearly 40 years, such as this playground.

All of the renewable energy PSE's Green Power customers purchase is produced in the Pacific Northwest and fed into the regional grid. The Stateline Wind Project and Hanford Solar Facility are two major sources for PSE's Green Power program. PSE uses the funds collected from the Green Power program to purchase green power, educate the public, market renewable energy and administer the program.

Learn more about the program at

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December 8, 2019, 8:24 am PDT

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