Forum SIX - MARCH 12, 2016

Community Solar

Indy Energy's sixth community forum focused on community solar.

The forum speakers included:

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  • Derek Clemens (MC Power)
  • Herb Webb (Indep. Power and Light)

Community solar gives customers the opportunity to support solar energy without an expensive installation of solar panels on their property. Customers pay for solar energy which is generated elsewhere - a large solar farm in Independence - and then put on the transmission grid.

The planned community solar project will allow IPL customers to buy power generated from the new solar farm at a cost of 1.65 cents more per kilowatt hour or approximately $2.37 for an average monthly residential bill or $28.44 annually.

IPL director Leon Daggett recently discussed the project and his hopes Independence would be one of the greenest cities in the state.

The Lee's Summit-based MC Power was selected by the city to construct the solar farm. MC Power has constructed solar farms in three other Missouri communities: ButlerMacon and Trenton