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Despite weather, solar farm generating quality energy

By Sam Pimper, Schuyler Sun

There has been an abundance of cold, overcast days since the Schuyler Solar Farm’s December 2018 launch, but that hasn’t prevented the 500-panel system from doing its job. “I’ve really been pleasantly surprised that it produces kilowatt hours, even on some of these cloudy and cold days where the sun has been so low,” said Jim McGowen, superintendent of the Schuyler Department of Utilities. “It (the hours) hasn’t been humongous, but you would think that there might not be any on those kinds of days.” Since going live Dec. 20, 2018, the farm has produced in excess of 53,600-kilowatt hours during an approximately 40-day stretch, McGowen said.

Schuyler Mayor Jon Knutson praised McGowen and his team for working on the project, noting he believes it will benefit the community. “Jim McGowen and the board are always forward thinking … They do a nice job,” he said. “I’m certainly a believer in green energy … We will see how it works out. If it does like it’s supposed to do, we will probably add on to the solar field we have.” Read more here.

Photo: GenPro Energy Solutions built the solar farm on a 33-acre plot of land along east 16th Street.