Columbia to Hold Meeting on Solar Energy Expansion Project

4 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Monday, April 21 2014 Apr 21, 2014 Monday, April 21, 2014 1:27:00 PM CDT April 21, 2014 in News
By: Andrea Park, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Columbia Water and Light is considering increasing the number of solar panels located at the corner of Bernadette Drive and Tiger Lane.

As part of the city's public improvement process, an Interested Parties Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Activity and Recreation Center at 1701 W. Ash Street.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the meeting to review the project, ask questions and provide feedback. The Columbia City Council will then determine if it is in the public's interest to issue a request for proposals for the solar project through the city's purchasing division.

The current capacity of the West Ash solar field is 12 kilowatts and there is room for more panels.

Columbia Water and Light is gathering proposals from solar energy vendors, to have a better idea of how many solar panels can be installed and to establish a budget for the project.

Expanding the amount of locally produced solar energy was included in the staff recommendations for the Integrated Resource Plan completed last year.

The additional solar energy could help meet the future requirements of Columbia's renewable energy mandate.

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