ARTICLE: Air 4 Drone tour state's largest solar farm
LIND, Wash. - In a place known for fields of wheat, something new sprouted up.
The largest solar farm in Washington is under construction, in Lind. It spans more than 200 acres with 81,000 solar panels.
Avista doesn't own the solar farm, but will buy the power the panels generate from project owner Strata Solar.
The company is based in North Carolina and chose Lind for the site for a few reasons. The area had plenty of land to build on, it was near Avista infrastructure and it's sunnier in Lind than in most other places in Washington.
"It's exciting for us to be part of the state of Washington moving forward with its partners in Avista and in the community here in Adams County," said Strata Solar Project Manager Bob Heckathorne. "We just like being part of progress."
"We are seeing a greater appetite. Not only is it the right thing to do environmentally, but economically it is becoming a better option for everyone and we are just very excited to be a part of that," Heckathorne said.
Avista said the solar farm should be operational by the end of the year.
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