Ione Talks Solar Power Plant And More

Ione Talks Solar Power Plant And More

The Ione City Council continued the discussion of bringing a solar power plant to the city. Meeting last night the council discussed a proposal to build a solar farm on city property on 5 Mile Drive next to the city’s tertiary sewer plant. The project would be built by a private company, and would provide electricity to run both of the city’s treatment plants. The city would receive the power at a discounted rate, guaranteed for twenty years, at which point the city has the option of buying the facility outright. After many questions about the financial structure of the proposal and one threat from a neighbor to the property to sue and block the project, the council vote to table the matter until the next meeting, to gather more information and to allow two absent council members a chance to weigh in. If the ten-acre plant is approved, Ione would join the Amador School District in hosting solar power facilities to reduce power costs. In other business, the council approved an update document retention policy for the city, and approved an addition company to offer energy-related home improvements paid for through the property tax role. There are now four such companies that offers this financing in the city.

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