After years of delays and a change in developers, construction has begun on what will be the largest solar farm in Missouri.
The project, which includes 33,288 solar panels, is led by Gardner Capital of Springfield working with the city of Nixa, Nixa Utilities and MC Power Companies of Independence. Nixa has agreed to buy 100 percent of the power generated by the farm.
The plant is expected to meet about 9 percent of Nixa’s yearly power demand while reducing the city’s carbon footprint.
Also, the city says, the agreement will save Nixa about $2.5 million over the life of the 25-year contract compared to the bill for buying power from City Utilities and the Southwestern Power Administration.
The farm will be up and running by December.
Read more: Springfield News-Leader