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Independence, Missouri, Looks To Expand Renewable Energy Portfolio

The Independence, Mo., City Council wants to see a solar farm built in the northeast part of the city as part of its plan to decrease reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The city council passed a resolution this summer to have 10 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2018. Independence Power and Light Director Leon Daggett says the city-owned utility already gets about 5 percent of its power from a Salina, Kan., wind farm.

"This and another wind farm we're looking at will push us over the 10 percent so we can meet the city council's goals by 2016 rather than 2018," says Daggett.

Daggett says IPL customers aren't like to see a noticeable change in service if the solar farm gets built because the city will only do so if the bids come in at an attractive price.

Independence will take bids for the project through Dec. 23.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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