Richland breaks ground on solar project

RICHLAND — Richland’s city electric utility is working to add solar power to its grid.

The renewable power source will help fulfill a requirement of Initiative 937 passed by state voters in 2006. The clean energy initiative requires an electric utility with 25,000 or more customers to use “eligible renewable resources” to meet a portion of its load — 3 percent by 2012, 9 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.