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WCH turning on green lights at clean up sites

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new experiment has prompted some work sites at Hanford to go green.  It began with a new solar powered fluorescent light tower that's been tested for several months at one of the intersections at Hanford. Because of its success,  Washington Closure Hanford contractors will now switch 40 of their current diesel powered lightning towers to solar ones. 

"The fellows that were actually servicing the diesel ones, kind of had a complaint that some locations are very remote and they were trying to locate these in the dark.  You're going out at four o'clock in the morning to try to find it.," says Ken Delong, the WCH Senior Electrical Engineer.

He says instead they picked to have self running lights through out clean up sites.

DeLong says the new panels cost $19,000 each but should pay for themselves in fuel cost savings in less than two years.  He estimates each one will save them $10,000 in diesel gas costs each year.