A housing project for homeless veterans planned at the former Marine Corps reserve armory in Yakima will be mostly solar powered, thanks to a grant from Pacific Power.
The utility Thursday announced a rooftop solar installation at the old armory is among the projects approved for grants from the Blue Sky Fund, which comes from customers paying a few percent extra on their bills to fund renewable energy.
Pacific Power said the rooftop installation is rated to produce almost 100 kilowatts of energy, which will cover more than 60 percent of the facility's projected energy use.
The armory project is one of 13 proposals approved for funding in 2019, and the only one in Washington.
The armory, at 1702 Tahoma Avenue, is being redeveloped by the Yakima Housing Authority at a total cost to taxpayers of about $17 million. Construction is expected to start in June.
The latest plan calls for the facility to include 27 one and two bedroom units, 14 studio apartments and treatment space for medical and service providers.