Tribe plans $21MM solar power project near Lake Sonoma

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California tribe has announced plans to build a 5-megawatt solar power plant in the hills overlooking Lake Sonoma.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1B59miT) the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the $21 million joint venture Monday.

The hundreds of solar panels would generate electricity for a fish hatchery, a visitors' center and other buildings at the base of Warm Springs Dam northwest of Healdsburg. They would also provide electricity to the tribe's River Rock Casino in Geyserville.

The solar farm would generate enough electricity to supply about 2,500 homes, making it the biggest solar farm in Sonoma County. It is expected to be working by next spring.

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