City breaks ground on solar farm


LDR photo/Steve Smith

City of Lebanon, MC Power and Gardner Capital representatives gather for a groundbreaking at the Lebanon Solar Farm Tuesday. The system is expected to begin producing power in July.


Work is now under way on the Lebanon Solar farm at 2 Sunrise Drive. The groundbreaking for the facility on Tuesday was attended by city officials and representatives from MC Power Companies and Gardner Capital.

The system is expected to be in commercial operation by late July, according to Loren Williamson, senior vice president of MC Power Companies.

“The system is a 3.15 megawatt solar, which means there’s roughly 9,396 335 watt solar panels,” Williamson said. “They’re all positioned in a fixed system, meaning they don’t track the sun, they’re facing south at a 25 degrees tilt. For this part of the country, that’s an optimal position to be in for the sun.”

Williamson said the system would produce enough energy to provide power for 350 to 400 average-sized homes.

He said the 19 acres containing the farm will be surrounded by 3,600 feet of fence, and an estimated 31 miles of cable will carry the power to the distribution system for the city.

“When we’re completed, you’ll see about 16 acres of solar panels on this land,” Williamson said. “That’s equal to about four football fields.”

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