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Willmar Municipal Utilities has indicated to the Environmental Protection Agency that it is pursuing renewable energy projects, including solar, as part of efforts to reduce air quality impacts. Failure to approve the solar project could endanger negotiations with EPA regarding the agency's efforts to tighten Willmar's power plant air quality emissions requirements. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

Willmar Utilities Commission rejects solar project


WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission this week rejected a proposal to construct a solar energy project at the site of the utility's two wind turbines on the north edge of the city.

Commission Vice President Dave Baker said the project looked good from the standpoint of renewable energy, looked like a fair return and thought it was a good investment long term. But Baker cited a number of issues that the commission needs to take care of first.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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