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Tri-Cities Emerging as a Solar Demonstration Hub for the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for gloomy, rainy days. One, that's not true for the whole region, and two, it isn't stopping utilities from building utility-scale solar power.
June 24, 2017, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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A panoramic view of the Tri-Cities.

"The Tri-Cities [Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco] could soon be home to the largest utility-scale solar power project in Washington," reports Courtney Flatt. A French company called Neoen is planning to develop the 20-megawatt project on 100 acres of land that used to be part of the Hanford nuclear reservation. The region is considered a desert, and local economic development efforts, led by the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) is working to position the Tri-Cities as a hub for energy companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Energy Northwest, which operates the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant, has a 38.7-kilowatt demonstration solar project 10 miles north of Richland. Last year, Energy Northwest also announced its plans to develop a 4-megawatt solar power generating and battery storage system.

Another project is in the works just to the south in Boardman, Oregon, as well.

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Published on Monday, June 12, 2017 in KUOW
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