This Richland solar farm with cutting-edge energy storage will bring 100s of workers to train

Source: Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Feb 26, 2020

Construction has begun on a 20-acre solar project that will be paired with batteries to power 600 Richland homes as soon as this summer.

Energy Northwest expects the project to draw national attention as utilities watch to see how a megawatt-scale project integrates with battery storage for renewable energy sources.

The project is expected to be the first commercial-scale development in Washington state to integrate both solar and battery storage into the state’s mix of hydro, nuclear and wind generation.

Plans include adding a center to train solar technicians from across the nation at the project on Horn Rapids Road just north of Richland near the federal HAMMER training center.

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