YOUR BUSINESS AUTHORITY

Springfield, MO

Officials are scheduled to dedicate the 72-acre Nixa solar farm tomorrow.
Photo provided by City of Nixa
Officials are scheduled to dedicate the 72-acre Nixa solar farm tomorrow.

Nixa to flip switch on solar farm

Posted online

The city of Nixa tomorrow plans to turn on what’s billed as the state’s largest solar farm.

Springfield-based Gardner Capital Inc.’s solar unit — and its hired contractor and operator, Lee’s Summit-based MC Power Cos. — broke ground in late June on the 72-acre farm with 33,288 solar panels.

Tomorrow, the 7.9-megawatt farm will begin partially powering Nixa homes and businesses. A dedication ceremony is scheduled 10 a.m. at 1565 W. Mt. Vernon St., according to a news release.

The farm has the ability to produce more than 15 million kilowatt hours per year, equal to about 9 percent of Nixa’s annual energy consumption. Through the solar farm agreement, Nixa will buy all of the generated power over a 25-year period.

Nixa is scheduled to pay Gardner Capital 4.87 cents per kWh in the first year, with rates escalating annually to 8.69 cents per kWh by 2043. According to the release, that’s less than what it pays now through agreements with City Utilities of Springfield and the Southwestern Power Administration, meaning Nixa will realize $2.5 million in savings during the contract’s 25-year length.

Comments

No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

Startup Corner: Eden Garrett, Eden’s Flower Truck

The 21-year-old is working to graduate in May while cultivating her small business.

Most Read
SBJ Live logo
MOST-WATCHED VIDEOS
Need to Focus Leads to Sale of Business

“It’s been hard for me to choose. There is a point when I knew I needed to focus on one of these businesses,” says Elle Feldman, owner of Elle’s Patisserie and Lavare Spa (now rebranded as …

My Mentor - My Teammate in Life “He was a strong man of faith and courage and very wise - my biggest supporter in any endeavor in life,” says Tami North, Executive Director of the Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce and one of …
From Cutbacks to Cutting Tracks “Every day you’ve gotta wake up and say, ‘I’ve gotta make money today,’ says, Ricky Smiley, Founder and Producer of Smiley Records, LLC. When Smiley was laid off from a job he held for 18 …
Consistent Marketing  “Marketing for a company can be very interesting, in the sense that it’s hard to stand out in the crowd from everyone else,” says Alisa Lawler, Vice President of Marketing and Business …
Booked - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People “I think it’s a really great book and I wish I had read it earlier in my career,” says Candida Deckard, the Director of Human Resources and Safety at CNH Industrial Reman and one of Springfield …