VALDOSTA — Valdosta City Council will vote on an agreement to place additional solar panels near the city’s wastewater treatment plants at its Jan. 19 meeting.
The agreement with Hannah Solar would place groups of solar panels, or solar arrays, on five acres of excess land at the new and old Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plants.
One solar array would be used by Hannah Solar to sell power to Georgia Power. The other solar array would be used by the city to power the old wastewater treatment plant.
The agreement stipulates that Hannah Solar would construct and maintain the city’s solar array at no cost to the city in exchange for permission to build its own solar array.
The city has already approved several similar agreements with Hannah Solar, contracts that allow Hannah Solar to harvest and sell solar energy while providing the city with clean, cost-saving renewable energy.
“This is an additional innovative partnership to lower the city's electrical bills for Wastewater Plants and the Water Treatment Plant,” City Manager Larry Hanson said in the council agenda. “The city has no cost in the projects, instead allowing unused land in return for a solar array to provide partial power to lower cost.”
The council will also review the city’s financial audit for Fiscal Year 2016 and set the qualifying fees and dates for this year’s municipal elections, which includes several council and school board seats.
The council meeting is open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.