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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

State’s largest solar farm nearing production

Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month, helping a Spokane Valley manufacturer 85 miles to the east move to all renewable energy.


Spokane Tribe launches ‘Children of the Sun’ solar initiative, with long-range plans for energy independence

Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including …


81,000 solar panels: Washington’s largest solar farm planned near Lind

A North Carolina company will build Washington’s largest solar farm near Lind. The 28 megawatt project will provide some of Avista’s large business customers with renewable energy.


Microsoft announces major solar buy in Virginia

The company announced the deal Wednesday to buy 315 megawatts from solar developer sPower, which is planning to build the state’s largest solar project.


Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets

The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Montana ruling casts shadow over future of solar farm

Plans to build Montana’s largest solar farm are in jeopardy after state regulators set contract terms the developer says is unworkable.


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


Solar energy illuminates coal’s demise

The bottom line is that clinging to the ancient religion of coal does nothing to make America great again.


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

Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project

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


Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year

Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …


Sandpoint company debuts solar sidewalks

SANDPOINT – Scott Brusaw has a vision for the nation’s roads. He believes the solar-powered glass pavers his company makes could transform thousands of miles of pavement into a new …


Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

The world’s first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun’s energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic …


NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the …


Froma Harrop: Renewable energy grows despite cheap oil

Alternative energy prices also falling while more heed global warming alarms.


Small rooftop solar market being eyed by big utilities

Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop.


Deane Osterman: Utilities’ solar programs deliver benefits

As someone who has spent his entire career working in natural resources management, everything comes down to the relationship between energy and the environment. Increasingly, state and federal mandates, and …


Community solar project to pay off

Solar energy intrigued Landy Comstock, but he wasn’t ready to fork out $30,000 to install solar panels on the roof of his home in Valleyford. Instead, he bought into a …


Sandpoint innovators’ solar road panels remove snow, generate power

The streets of Sandpoint may soon lead to an energy revolution. The city is on track to be the first to replace a traditional road surface with super-strong, textured glass …


Spokane Valley Rotary cancels tree lighting at U-City

The lights are out. The Spokane Valley Rotary won’t be putting up its Christmas tree this year at the old University City Mall parking lot.


Whitworth tapping into sun’s power

The future of renewable energy is bright at Whitworth University. On the roof of the Whitworth University Aquatics Center, 300 solar panels are transforming Inland Northwest sunshine into energy for …


Church, property owner make solar energy cost-effective

Two Spokane property owners investing thousands of dollars in solar energy panels say financial incentives from federal and state governments made the decision easy. The Community Building LLC, which operates …


Feds revisit program for solar development

DENVER – Federal officials are refining their plan for speeding up solar energy development in zones of public lands in six western states, after receiving about 80,000 comments on the …


Courting solar energy at U.S. Bankruptcy Court building

Spokane’s downtown U.S. Bankruptcy Court has turned back the clock, and the result is a courtroom that looks much brighter than it has been the past 60 years. Thanks to …


Solar panels provide backup power for Liberty Lake police

If Liberty Lake loses power in the next ice storm, Liberty Lake police will still be able to function thanks to the recent installation of solar panels on the roof …


Solar, wind power hub planned

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Officials announced an ambitious project in New Mexico on Tuesday that would allow energy to flow more freely across the nation’s three massive power grids, breaking down …