2nd set of so­lar pan­els go­ing up near Aragon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

Want to know what those strange poles are in the mid­dle of a field along­side High­way 101 near Aragon?

Those will soon be the foot­ings that will fea­ture dozens of so­lar pan­els pro­duc­ing power lo­cally when the sun shines over Polk County, join­ing hun­dreds al­ready sit­ting silently in the area.

He­cate En­ergy’s l at - est project ap­proved back in late April by the Polk County Com­mis­sion is us- ing around 10 of 14 acres of the Lewis fam­ily land to fill in so­lar pan­els in the prop­erty to make elec­tric­ity.

They join a small so­lar farm al­ready setup and run­ning across High­way 101, which has been in place for the past sev­eral years.

It’s at least a $1.2 mil­lion in­vest­ment be­ing made by the He­cate En­ergy in the Polk County project, and through an agree­ment aren’t mak­ing the so­lar pan­els a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the land­scape should it be de­cided they should be re­moved after a 30 year agree­ment ex­pires.

It makes the third ex­pan­sion of so­lar elec­tric­ity in Polk County since the start of 2016. Rock­mart and Cedar­town’s fa­cil­i­ties op­er­ated by In­man So­lar in the cities in­dus­trial parks were ex­panded last year to in­crease their elec­tric gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

No timetable on when the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted was avail­able at press time.

Kevin Myrick / Standard Jour­nal

Dozens of poles on 10 acres of land on High­way 101 near Aragon are al­most ready for new so­lar pan­els to be in­stalled.

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