KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Franklin County commissioners approved a conditional use permit Wednesday for a Kennewick company's plan to install turbines on an irrigation canal to generate electricity.
Percheron Power believes tapping the water flow near Mesa could power about 500 homes.
The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/wXKu31 ) the project still needs other permits and licenses that may take three to five years.
Percheron Power has received a $1.5 million federal grant toward the project, which is expected to cost about $5 million.
The turbines would not change the water level in the Potholes East Canal. It would continue to irrigate more than 100,000 acres of farmland in the spring and summer.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com