City to decide on solar plant Monday

Local News

June 7, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Iola City Council members are expected to decide Monday whether to invest in a solar plant to add to the city’s energy portfolio.

Council members tabled in May a decision on whether to enter an agreement with Westar to have the utility giant build the plant — capable of producing up to 2.4 megawatts of electricity per hour — on city property west of the Russell Stover Candies plant.

Westar would take advantage of state tax breaks, with Iola paying a slight premium over what customers are paying today for natural gas-powered electricity, with the option of then paying $3.7 million in a lump sum after seven years to take ownership of the solar panels.

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