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Solar power pilot project in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new solar power pilot program is headed to Richland. Next week, the city will break ground at the intersection of Stevens and First Street.

They will eventually put up about a dozen solar dishes, with the hope of expanding.

City leaders say the solar power program will help cut energy costs, and will help the city be more environmentally friendly.

"It helps the city start building its renewable energy portfolio. It will help the city meet its obligation to the state to try to reduce the carbon footprint," said Kris Stauffer, the Chief Electrical Engineer in Richland.

Infinia is helping develop the solar dishes. City leaders say by the fall, we should see the first wave of them go in.