Jul 11, 2022 - News
Des Moines set to build its first municipal solar field
Des Moines will construct a solar field on the city's southeast side under plans approved by the Plan and Zoning Commission last week.
Why it matters: It's DSM's first municipal solar field and another step in the city government's goal to eliminate its use of fossil fuel by 2035.
- It will produce enough energy to power new greenhouse and animal control facilities, city engineer Steve Naber told Axios last week.
Details: The field will be located at sites near Southeast 15th and Maury streets, on city properties that are adjacent to the new facilities that are in the works.
- The solar project will cost between $3M-$4M.
- Construction will start next spring and take about a year to complete.
What's happening: The city is going through a formal process to vacate segments of an alley so the four-acre site can be better developed for the projects.
- A timeline for a return on investment through energy cost savings has not yet been determined, Devin Perry, a city spokesperson, told Axios this week.
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