A proposed $1.7 billion wind and solar project generates hopes and fears in Washington state
BPA lines already installed, seen on Friday, April 2, 2021, would carry the electricity from a proposed solar and wind project in the Horse Heaven Hills. - Steve Ringman/TNS

KENNEWICK, Benton County — Back in March, Chris Wiley passed a long day in his tractor sowing wheat. He had the controls set to automatic steering and scanned social media. He did not like what he found. In post after post, people raged about a renewable energy project that would put wind turbines and solar development in the Horse Heaven Hills where he farms. Critics from Pasco, Kennewick and Richland attacked the plan as an outrage that would blemish cherished vistas to the profit of an out-of-state developer looking to export power to Western Washington, Oregon or California. The project un...