During its August meeting held Monday, the West Plains City Council approved a renewable power purchase agreement and a real estate lease agreement between the city of West Plains and Westar Energy out of Topeka, Kan., to build a solar farm on city-owned land. The farm is projected to save the city $20.6 million over 30 years and diversify the city’s sources of power. Currently, electricity is mostly supplied by coal power, at 72%. The solar farm would be built at the old city landfill, shown here, on County Road 1770, on the northern edge of West Plains. It is expected to be completed in 2022. Watch the Quill this week for more updates from the West Plains City Council.

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