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Solar project breaks ground in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash--  City leaders say they're excited about a first-of-its-kind solar project in Richland. 

Right now no solar disks have been installed.  But they soon will be installed on the corner of Stevens and First in Richland.   For the first time we're getting an idea of just how much solar energy these disks will generate.  Project leaders say about two disks can light up one home, and if you add hundreds of disks that's hundreds of homes.

"That would be equivalent to just under 1 mega watt, probably around 150-160 homes, basically enough energy to supply those homes," explains Ray Sieler with the city of Richland.

The plan is to start small; in the coming months they plan to have about a dozen to 15 solar dishes in place, with the bigger picture of adding hundreds of solar disks.