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Salt Lake City to build 1 megawatt solar farm

Salt Lake City to build 1 megawatt solar farm

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By Christopher Smart – The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Nov 26 2013 04:50 pm • Last Updated Nov 26 2013 10:34 pm

Let the sunshine in.

Salt Lake City announced Tuesday it will build a solar farm that will increase by tenfold the municipality’s ability to create energy from the sun.

The four-acre facility at 1955 S. 500 West should go online by late winter or early spring. At a brief ceremony Tuesday, city officials said it would produce 1,000 kilowatts — or 1 megawatt — the energy equivalent to power about 150 homes for a year.

The $3 million farm is to be constructed on a former four-acre landfill site that would be cost prohibitive for other types of development because it would require excavation. The solar project will pay for itself in 10 years, said Vicki Bennett, the city’s sustainability director. After that, the energy created by the facility will be free, except for maintenance costs. (…)

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