Benton County joins township in backing 800-acre solar farm

25 May 2019

RICE — A major solar project in the works along U.S. Highway 10 would add to the region's tax base and energy output, according to Benton County board documents.

Geronimo Energy has proposed an 800-acre solar farm in Langola Township, north of Rice. It would be among the biggest solar-energy producers in the state.

Benton County board members approved a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission supporting the project, said County Administrator Montgomery Headley. 

It's called the Regal Solar Project and would produce 100 megawatts of power, according to the Benton County board's April 2 meeting packet.

That energy production equals "taking over 30,000 cars off the road every year," according to an information sheet from Geronimo. 

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