Springfield scraps new solar energy farm, citing high prices

City Utilities of Springfield will abandon a previously proposed second solar energy farm due to higher utility costs for consumers, officials announced Thursday.

First proposed last June, the 30-acre solar energy farm was to be built near the Springfield-Branson National Airport in a joint project between the city and the airport, officials said.

The project would have generated about 3 megawatts of energy for the area, the Springfield News-Leader reported in June. The current solar energy farm has about 22,000 solar panels and an output of 4.95 megawatts.

The city had received bids from 15 energy companies to build the facility, including Sun Solar, a solar energy company based in southwest Missouri, the Springfield Business Journal reports.

The City Utilities board said it will continue to seek new opportunities for renewable energy projects.  


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