Shelby Unveils Grounds For New Solar Field

  • 10/4/2019 11:27:55 AM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH- The grounds for a new solar field were unveiled during a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday morning.

The 2.5 megawatt solar field will be set on 14 acres off of State Street in Shelby.   The solar field will boast 6,885 solar panels planted on a single axis tracking system that helps to make the field more efficient.

Shelby Mayor, Steve Schag said that the new solar field will help both the city and the environment.

"It's certainly going to help us to sustain our rates and hopefully lower our electric rates in the near future," Schag said.  "Also it's a part of economic development because when we have lower rates that's certainly an attraction for businesses and industry.”

The solar field will also help to save pollinators like honey bees by being a perennial pollinator habitat.  The flowering vegetation planted around the 14 acres will help sustain pollinators.

"When we first began to think of solar panels, there was an entity that had introduced us to the concept of making a pollinating habitat part of the project," Schag said.  "I've been concerned for some time about the honeybees in the state of Ohio and their demise and so I think this could be a wonderful part of helping sustain and replenish that supply of pollinators."

Schag feels that the solar field is a strong first step in improving Shelby's energy efficiency.

"In the future we hope to maybe expand on our solar but this is a great first step at 2.5 megawatts," Schag said.

 

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