The city of Lexington will begin a project that will allow utilization of renewable fuels.
On Tuesday, the Lexington City Council approved a power purchase agreement with Sol Systems of Washington D.C. to build on 30 acres of land in the Wesleyan Addition SE of the Tyson plant. According to city manager Joe Pepplitsch the solar panel system will provide five megawatts of electric power which will give the city 7.3 million kilowatt hours of energy. This translates into about 3% of the what the city uses.
Pepplitsch said the production cost of the agreement will remain the same for 25 years.
The project is also unique.
“It will be the largest such project in the State of Nebraska,” Pepplitsch said.
The city does not purchase the equipment for the solar array. However, they own the land and will be purchasing the power provided.
Pepplitsch hopes the plant will be operational by May 2017.
The council also will be soliciting bids to create an incubator area at the Opportunity Center. Dawson Area Development community development coordinator Suzanne Brodine said she feels it will be a place for entrepreneurs to get a start on their businesses without as much overhead costs to start. It also will provide classroom and conference space for new businesses. Pepplitsch said the estimated cost of the construction is $200,000.
The city council awarded a bid to GEA Mechanical to provide for solids dewatering equipmant at the water treatment plant on a trial basis. Pepplitsch said it is a pilot study, he said he is excited to get it started.
Mayor John Fagot said this is important.
“We can’t handle it they way we are doing it and still grow,” Fagot said.
In other business, the city council heard from Viaero Wireless of their plans to build a fifty foot supplemental tower at 1711 N. Erie Street. The company would also build a 6 foot fence around the tower for public safety.