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Solar is in your community

With over 300 days of sunshine, our community is a logical choice for solar. Solar arrays collect energy from the sun and convert to DC power, which it then converted to AC power via the micro inverter.  Community solar is an easy, affordable option for people to share the cost of a solar array. To provide our customers this unique option, we built the first local community solar at our facility in Kennewick and pursued a second project at our facility in Prosser.

Ely Community Solar Project

The Ely Project is located at the Benton PUD facility in Kennewick on the corner of Highway 395 & 10th Avenue.  The project design has 272 solar panels mounted in five arrays.  The total power generation capacity of the project is 75 kilowatts, enough annual energy production to power about six average homes.  The Ely Community Solar Project produced its first kWh in July 2015.  Participants attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 22, 2015.Prosser-PV-Array-1st-kWh.jpg

Old Inland Empire Community Solar Project

The Old Inland Empire Project is located at the Benton PUD facility in Prosser on the corner of Gap Road and Old Inland Empire Highway.  The project design consists of 88 solar panels.  The total power generation capacity of the project is 25 kilowatts, enough annual energy production to power about two average homes.  The Old Inland Empire Community Solar Project produced its first kWh in March 2016.  Participants attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 26, 2016.

OIE Participants