After failing in a 2016 attempt to create a landfill-powered greenhouse that would provide local produce and jobs for the Springfield community, the city is trying again.
Springfield has issued a more open-ended request for proposals for a project similar to the one that faltered two years ago.
The request seeks plans to use heat from the Noble Hill Renewable Energy Center, which converts methane gas from the city landfill into electricity, to power a greenhouse. The greenhouse would provide fresh, local food for regional markets, according to the request, and it would create jobs and educational opportunities for the local community.
On Friday, representatives from Springfield-based developer Green Circle Projects shared their vision for the facility. Green Circle is the only business that has publicly signaled its intention to submit a proposal.
Proposals are due Nov. 30, and the city expects to pick a developer by early 2019.
Read more: Springfield News-Leader