Posted on June 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

Perhaps recalling the city’s motto, “The future is bright,” city officials have taken another step toward the light.

The City Council, at its regular meeting last week, unanimously agreed to allow People’s Energy Cooperative to install a two-acre, 250 kw solar panel garden near the water tower in north Stewartville.

More specifically, the Council agreed to move forward with the project only if the city can sell the land to People’s Energy Cooperative. By doing so, the Council took the recommendation of its Finance Committee, which recommended that the city sell the property rather than enter into a lease agreement with People’s.

Mayor Jimmie-John King and councilpersons Gary Stensrud, Wendy Timm, Dick Uptagrafft and Craig Anderson all agreed to move foward with the proposal.

Bill Schimmel Jr., city administrator, in an interview after last week’s meeting, said People’s Energy Cooperative plans to sell the panels for about $1,000 each. Schimmel explained at the meeting that residents who purchase panels will receive…

For more on this story pick up your copy of the June 30 Stewartville STAR.

by Mark Peterson, Stewartville Star Editor

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