Logansport electric costs set to lower as solar fields are installed

It's a project unlike any other in Logansport, and Mayor Dave Kitchell said there's no better time than the present to get started on city's future energy infrastructure.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 11:11 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — It's a project unlike any other in Logansport, and Mayor Dave Kitchell said there's no better time than the present to get started on city's future energy infrastructure.

"Because that initial investment that was made a century ago those things are wearing out and we're building communities, working on that old infrastructure but we got to invest back into our communities and really invest in that smart growth that's already there," said Kitchell.

Kitchell said with two solar fields in the works, the city is taking that next step. The first field will be built on land owned by a local business owner in the 1400 block of Holland Street.

Kitchell said this allows Logansport to lower utility costs without any affect on taxes. The second will go in on the northwest side on city owned land. That proposal allows for a subdivision to also be built on the property.

"We win in that the power being sold to us is going to be cheaper than what we are buying now ...we win in the fact that just by having the solar fields there, we are going to increase the property tax base and then the money that they are leasing the property from also stays in the community," said Kitchell. 

Kitchell said the community should notice a decrease in electric costs in the next couple of years, making it a win for them too.

"You're saying hey I'd like to reduce my fixed cost what do I do well in this case Logansport is doing it for you," said Kitchell. 

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