For full article see WFSU News, March 30, 2016.

Deputy City Manager Reese Goad says the City will start construction on a 100 acre, 20 megawatt solar farm by the airport this summer.

Goad says customers will be able to subscribe for solar power.

“You’d say, ‘I wanna buy 25 percent of my power and I’d like it to be solar.’ And so we would arrange for a pricing for that amount of your electricity, and you would literally directly participate in it,” Goad says.

Goad estimates prices to be about the same as natural gas. And he says those prices won’t change over time. Origis Energy, an international solar company, will own and operate the plant. The program tries to make solar more widely available by allowing customers that can’t or don’t want solar panels on their home to tap into the system.