Ground broken on state's largest solar farm project in Lind


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Shawn Goggins | May 24, 2018

LIND - Ground has been broken on the project to build the state’s largest solar farm in Lind.

Officials with Avista Utilities, Swinerton Renewable Energy, Strata Solar, Adams County and the town of Lind were all present for the groundbreaking on Thursday, May 24.

About 75 people attended the event.

The site where the 81,000 solar panels will be built is next to the Lind-Ritzville Middle School football field. Actual construction on the Adams Neilson solar project will begin in June.

The project has created about 150 jobs employing people from Moses Lake, Lind, Othello and Spokane.

Utility officials say tax money generated from the project will increase Adams County revenue by 1.25 percent per year during the life of the program.

Lind Mayor Paula Bell says the town of Lind and the surrounding area will greatly benefit from the project.

“The Adams-Neilson Solar Project really does bring a new chapter to our community’s story,” said Bell. “Besides our longstanding agricultural tradition here in Adams County and Lind, we now can help support our state’s renewable energy future with the development of this project the largest solar array in the State of Washington, too!”

Bell went on to say, “We’re also excited to be a part of Avista’s Solar Select Program and will be using some of the project’s energy generation to help power some of our water and wastewater pumps here in town.”

The Adams-Neilson Solar Project has the capability to power 4,000 homes. Avista Corp. will buy the electricity and will sell it to as many as 80 industrial and commercial customers.

“It’s part of Strata’s mission to bring new, renewable energy sources to our customers,” said Strata’s Chief Development Officer, John Knight. “By partnering with utilities, such as Avista, we will be able to continue to scale and bring more renewable energy solutions online across the country.”

Construction is slated to being in the first week of June, planning for June 4th.

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