Associated Press 

BILLINGS (AP) — The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has been awarded $2 million in federal funding to build a solar farm. 

The Billings Gazette reported that the Montana tribe will put in matching funding for the construction of the White River Solar Project near Busby.

Officials expect the 26-acre (10.5-hectare) solar farm to generate 2.6 megawatts, enough electricity for about 100 homes. 

Project director Kyle Atwood says the solar farm has 18 months to be built. He says officials are still working out details for how the power will be delivered. 

The tribe is discussing selling the power to the Tongue River Electric Cooperative.

The project aims to lower electricity prices for residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation where Atwood says monthly electric bills range from $250 to $450.

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