New Solar Farm Proposed For Southwest Missouri

Solar panels | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A pair of companies has proposed building what would be one of the state’s largest solar power operations on a 72-acre piece of land near Nixa that is owned by a state senator.

Solexus president David Bunge is proposing a 25-year contract with the city in southwest Missouri. The Nixa City Council plans to decide whether to approve the deal involving the construction of a 7.92-megawatt power plant by a North Carolina company after a cost and benefit analysis is conducted.

“Right off the bat it’s going to lower your fuel cost by the percentage of power (consumed) per year,” Nixa Director of Public Works Doug Colvin said. “That’s going to be in that calculation, it’s not going to be a huge number, but … it will lower those fuel costs.”

Solexus, based in St. Louis, negotiated a similar contract with the city utilities agency in Springfield for a solar farm, and groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in March.

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