By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent
The City of Grand Island and the Utilities Department may begin using solar panel in the near future. Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger gave a presentation to the city council as part of a study session Tuesday night, Luchsinger told the council that in the late 1990s, the Utilities Department began exploring wind power and became a minority partner in various wind projects. He added solar power may be the future and the Utilities Department would like to explore its possibility as a renewable energy resource. The Utilities Department plans to potentially do a small, pilot solar project at a site near JBS at the corner of Swift Road and Museum Drive. It would be a one-megawatt project that would provide power to 180 homes on an annual basis. Continue reading.
Photo of Downtown Grand Island by Joe Wicks
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When construction is completed and the enterprise is operational, about 16 acres of the property will become a “pollinator meadow” and be “turned back into meadow grasses to help with birds and the environment and will be maintained by a community group.”
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