Webster County to Become ‘Energy Exporter’ With Solar Field

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Webster County is looking to get in on a wave of green energy by setting up a massive array of solar panels large enough to power 30,000 homes.

The panels will be ground-installed on more than 950 acres about three miles southeast of Badger in the northeastern part of the county, The Messenger reported. Energy collected from the panels be fed into a nearby substation of MidAmerican Energy to go into the transmission grid. The power utility will eventually take ownership of the solar array.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be done by next winter, Webster County Planning and Zoning Administrator Jeff Johnson said.

The project was approved by the Webster County Board of Adjustment on Jan. 18 and by the Iowa Utilities Board on Feb. 3.

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