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Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project

UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
(Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Avista Corp. is considering a second solar project to meet customer demand for renewable energy.

The Spokane-based utility has put out a request for proposals for a 15-megawatt solar project, which would generate enough electricity to supply the needs of about 1,850 Spokane-area homes.

Avista is looking for requests from companies to build, own and operate the solar facility, which could start production as soon as 2019. The utility would buy the electricity.

Additional solar energy would help Avista meet increased customer demand for renewable energy, said Marc Schaffner, the utility’s strategic initiative manager. Some commercial, industrial and government customers want a greater mix of renewables in their energy portfolios, he said.

Avista also has a community solar project, where customers bought shares in the project. The Spokane Valley facility celebrated its first anniversary in September. It produces just under half a megawatt of electricity.