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Solar project advances in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Officials have determined a solar project can be constructed on the east side of St. Charles, said Tom Bruhl, the city’s electric services manager.

Bruhl on Monday gave the St. Charles City Services Committee a brief update on a solar photovoltaic demonstration project, which will be on part of the Legacy Business Center of St. Charles, 850 Equity Drive, St. Charles.

The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved building the project in St. Charles, Bruhl said. Agency officials earlier this year asked its members, which includes the city of St. Charles, to submit proposals for solar power projects with a rated output of up to 500 KW.

The plant might potentially become a community solar project from which the city could market the power from the plant directly to residents, Bruhl wrote in an earlier update.

The project went out to bid and negotiations on contract terms still are ongoing with the selected vendor, Bruhl said.

Construction will begin sometime within the next 12 months, Bruhl said.

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