- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The Cowlitz County Public Utility District is encouraging customers to invest in solar power with its community solar panel project.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1hZKlxL ) that PUD commissioners on Tuesday approved the solar array. Customers who want to use solar power without installing their own panels can instead pay for units of the larger project.

Ten units of solar power cost about $1,000. In return, participating customers will get rate breaks and state payments totaling $1,153 over four and a half years.

Up to 300 PUD customers can sign up for the program.

The PUD will build three solar arrays on its property, which is expected to cost $770,000. Funds will come from participating customers. Those who are not taking part will not be charged.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.tdn.com

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