The TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition program has awarded $165,000 to Granger, Wash., in Yakima County to help build a 50-kW photovoltaic array.
The system will produce nearly 66,745 kWh per year through a net-metering agreement with Pacific Power and be used to help power a water-well pump in the city.
The project's total cost will be covered by additional funds from the city and from the state Commerce Department's Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program.
The TransAlta grant comes from $25 million being set aside that has been disbursed since 2016 for energy projects. To date, nearly 18 percent of the funding has been awarded. Similar funds for weatherization ($10 million) and economic development ($20 million) have handed out 55 and 63 percent of their totals, respectively.