Work on Missouri's largest solar array started Monday in northeast Columbia.
Rob Hartley from Mid Missouri Electric connects the wiring from a series of solar power generating panels on the roof of the COLT Transload facility in north Columbia. Under a contract with Omaha-based Free Power Company, the city is responsible for site preparation and connecting the solar arrays to the electricity grid, while Free Power purchases and installs the solar panels.
City of Columbia employees begin clearing a field east of the COLT Transload facility before the Free Power Company of Omaha, Neb., begins the installation of a 3,500-panel solar array. When completed, the solar array will generate 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour, making it the largest in the state.
A series of prototype pilings and tables sit in a field east of the COLT Transload facility in north Columbia. City employees began clearing the field Monday morning in preparation for the installation of a 3,500-panel solar array, which will be the largest in the state when completed.