Cedar­town ap­proves agree­ment for new so­lar farm

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

In­man So­lar will soon be adding more elec­tri­cal gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity to the City of Cedar­town.

Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion­ers dur­ing their April ses­sion voted to ap­prove mea­sures to move for­ward with an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment be­tween the city and the Cedar­town Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity to trans­fer 21 acres of city-owned prop­erty for use as a new so­lar farm.

The land, ad­ja­cent to the for­mer state de­ten­tion cen­ter that re­mains empty be­tween Sixth and Tenth streets, will be leased for $25,000 an­nu­ally.

City Man­ager Bill Fann said the planned so­lar farm will be “four times the size of those we’ve done pre­vi­ously.”

“It’ll in­ter­con­nect with Georgia Power’s lines on Sixth or Tenth Street, we’re not sure about that yet,” Fann said.

The in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment ap­proved by the com­mis­sion al­lows for the Cedar­town Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity to move ahead with a lease agree­ment to last for up­ward of 35 years. The agree­ment will also al­low for In­man So­lar to be­gin site prepa­ra­tions on the land.

Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the agree­ment with­out any is­sues dur­ing their April 8 ses­sion.

In­man So­lar al­ready op­er­ates sev­eral so­lar farms within Cedar­town, in­clud­ing con­nected sites at Cedar­town’s North­side In­dus­trial Park, where they also in­stalled a large bat­tery for test­ing in part­ner­ship with Wash­ing­ton Gas.

The com­pany ad­di­tion­ally has two so­lar sites in the Aragon area and at least one in Rock­mart as well.

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