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Franklin County Commissioners learn about new solar projects

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It seems the Tri-Cities area is jumping on board more and more with solar power opportunities, and on Monday it was the Franklin County Board of Commissioners who got a special sneak peak at some new ideas.

Two different companies came to the Trac Center in Pasco to demonstrate their newest models.

The Tangerine Power Company showed off a device that could make clean energy from low cost solar panels.

The Silk Road Environmental Company presented their simple way of converting energy from the sun into hot water, even during cold days and overcast skies.

"We've got a chance to see how it might fit on the Trac center and start making some clean electricity," Stanley Florek, CEO of Tangerine Power said.

"Every one of these units you put in for a family of four eliminates about one ton of green house gasses a year. Now we're talking a lot about energy independence and this is really making yourself your own utility," Raymond Lam of Silk Road Environmental said.

After the presentations the commissioners will decide whether or not to use this equipment for buildings like the Trac Center or present it to households in the Tri-Cities.