Avista flips switch on state's biggest community solar array

SPOKANE, Wash. - There was plenty of sun in the sky as Spokane's newest community solar facility officially opened.

It took nine months to get from drafting table to reality and now the result is Avista has the biggest community solar array in Washington, and is also proving there's a big demand for solar energy.

There are 1,500 panels in the four-acre lot off North Barker Road. Each panel costs about $1,400 and Avista estimates each panel will save customers $400 over a five-year period. For example, someone who has a $90 monthly bill is going to see a $30 credit, so you can get an idea of why solar is such a hit.

Project manager Kelly Magalsky says he thinks that will change with growing interest and points out that's how they got started in the first place.

"The main reason we're doing it is simply because customers are interested in solar more and more across the county and across the world, people are interested in solar so we're seeing it as a way to kind of meet that customer demand," he said.

The beauty of this project is that Avista built it and they maintain it, which makes it an option for people who don't want to go through the hassle of installing them on their own homes. If you're interested in getting involved you probably need to hurry as there's only about 200 left for purchase. Click here for more information.