City of Independence to expand solar energy investment

Michael Ronnebaum
June 15, 2017 - 6:56 am
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Independence, MO - The city council has approved a plan to expand solar energy for homes that are connected to the Independence Power and Light utility.

A solar farm located on Bundschu Road in rural east Independence has about 12,000 photovoltaic panels, enough to power about 400 average-sized houses.

The three-megawatt farm reuses energy, which is environmentally-friendly and lowers costs for IPL customers, said Lindsay Case, community solar developer.

"Just like a coal power plant is producing energy, this power plant is producing energy and just going right back on the grid," Case said. "Independence Power and Light pushes that energy back out to their customers."

The first phase of solar production powered 44 Independence companies and roughly 130 houses. The second phase approved Monday is still being negotiated but city leaders say the plan should be available for commercial purchase by the end of summer. 
 

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