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City, County Discuss Solar Farm Pplan
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY

Chillicothe City Council members will discuss and consider an ordinance for an interconnect agreement with MC Power and Chillicothe Municipal Utilities for a solar farm when they gather for their regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. August 29, 2016, in the council chambers at City Hall. A solar farm is being proposed for a 23-acre site located south of East Third Street and east of Mitchell Avenue. A public meeting regarding the proposed solar farm took place earlier this month (see below). MC Power seeks to install photovoltaic solar panels at the site to generate electricity that will go into the CMU electric distribution system.

The proposal has won support from Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. Jim Gillilan, CMU general manager, said having a solar farm is a good economic draw for the community and solar power generation is in line with EPA regulations. "This is getting us into the future and being able to answer all those environmental mandates that are probably going to come up in the next five to 10 years," Gillilan said. Currently, Chillicothe power consumption is generated by 79 percent coal, 13 percent gas, and 8 percent from renewables (wind, solar or landfill gas). A small percentage of power is generated through hydropower. Projections indicate that enough power could be generated through the Chillicothe solar farm to provide power for approximately 300 homes. The power generated through the solar farm would be blended with other resources in the electric distribution system. Tom Hardwick, of MC Power, addressed Livingston County Commissioners recently and explained the project to them, seeking a nod of support for the project. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas stated that the commission is supporting the project. "We think it is a good concept," Douglas stated. Discussion took place as to whether the property should be taxed once the solar farm is developed, and Douglas said that the property will be placed on the tax rolls. Additionally, MC Power has stated that the company would also make a financial contribution to a local entity.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

CAPTION: Tom Hardwick (left), a representative of MC Power, discusses plans for a solar farm with Livingston County Commissioners. The farm is planned for a 23-acre site located south of East Third Street and east of Mitchell Avenue.

Public Meeting Monday for Proposed Solar Farm
August 11, 2016

A public information meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, August 15, for the proposed solar farm planned for a 23-acre site which is located south of East Third Street and east of Mitchell Avenue. The meeting will be conducted by MC Power and Chillicothe Municipal Utilities in the conference room at the CMU office building, 920 Washington Street. Entry to the conference room is on the north side of the building. The project, proposed by MC Power seeks to install photovoltaic solar panels at the site to generate electricity that will go into the CMU electric distribution system. A preliminary site drawing is shown below.

CAPTION: A solar farm is proposed for a 23-acre tract of land located south of East Third Street and east of Mitchell Avenue. A public informational meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Chillicothe Municipal Utilities

City Exploring Solar Farm
June 29, 2015

A solar farm is being considered for the former prison property on Third Street. The city of Chillicothe will have a public workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, to discuss the proposal. The project would include a series of solar panels that would produce electricity for Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. The workshop will be in the council chambers at City Hall. Community members and neighbors are urged to attend.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The city of Chillicothe Council will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, July 8, at 5:30, at the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the proposal of an electric utility project that would be on the former prison property on Third Street. A solar farm that would encompass most of the 40 acres would be constructed in the next year according to City Administrator Ike Holland. The former prison is in the process of demolition, and this project would start this fall and be completed by 2016. The solar farm would be a series of solar panels that would produce electricity to CMU electrical department. Chillicothe has been selected as a possible site for the facility along with other towns in Missouri. The City Council is asking the community, neighbors of the former prison, business owners and all interested parties to attend this workshop. There will be photographs of the proposed solar farm and discussion with the public will be on the agenda. Questions about the proposed solar farm can be answered by the CMU director in Chillicothe. Questions about the former prison site, can be answered by the City Administrator at City Hall.

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