(Nixa, Mo.--11/14/17) The City of Nixa is taking a huge step forward in reducing it's carbon footprint with a new solar farm.
A dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the largest solar farm in the Show Me State.
Local and state officials gathered to celebrate the ocassion, touting the project as an example of the city taking steps to diversify its energy portfolio with renewable options like solar.
Doug Colvin is the Public Works Director for the City of Nixa. He tells FOX5," adding solar all over the place, adding wind, all over the renewable resources in my opinion there’s a huge need because here in the United States even here in Missouri are really leading that move without government requirements to do so.
The 72-acre facility includes more than 33,000 solar panels, providing a portion of Nixa's annual energy consumption.
"It produces about 9% of our power which is a little over 15 million kilowatts hours a year, it’s a lot of energy."
Colvin says while you won't necessarily notice a change in your energy bill, the contract is meant to prevent energy costs from spiking.
"It’s not like there’s a huge influx of lower rates. What we try to do is what we try to hit all aspects of our business to reduce costs that way we don’t have to raise rates over a long period of time we can keep the rates low."
City officials say solar farms are an idea that could change the way many residents across Missouri utilize energy.
Nixa's Mayor Brian Steele tells FOX5,"it’s going to save you $2.5 million over 25 years, it’s going to cut your power peak which is actually going to save us money in our long term contract with City Utilities. When the numbers make sense, it makes it a lot easier for everybody to take."
Steele says with the growing popularity of solar energy, it won't be uncommon to see more communities like Nixa.
"Renewable power is really the revolution that’s coming forward next in public power and it’s really going to make a real difference long term in the economics power and also our environment."