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McLeod Coop Power planning solar array along Lindbergh Trail

McLeod Cooperative Power is planning a community solar array system on Lindbergh Trail in Glencoe, near Arnold’s.
Sue Pawelk, customer service manager of the cooperative, appeared before the McLeod County Planning Commission Wednesday, Oct. 22, for a public hearing on the cooperative’s application for a conditional use permit (CUP).
No one appeared at the public hearing, the commission voted to recommend approval to the McLeod County Board of Commissioners, which will consider the CUP as part of its consent agenda on Tuesday.
Pawelk said the solar panels will provide electricity directly to the cooperative’s customers, who pay a one-time cost of $1,550 per panel to subscribe. Pawelk said this allows customers to utilize solar power without having to construct solar panels on their own property. The array has a 20-year life expectancy, at which time the panels will either be removed and the site restored, or panels will be replaced by new ones.

For more, see the Oct. 29 print edition of The Chronicle.