Jackson debates solar farm

By Amanda Oglesby, APP.com:

A new plan may turn what was once a toxic landfill into a money-saving energy source for Jackson.

After abandoning a proposal to use the former Legler Landfill off Homestead Road as a municipal compost site, officials now hope to make it the location of a future solar farm.

The farm, they hope, would lower the township’s energy costs and generate income by leasing the land to a solar developer.

“We believed that savings would be significant,” Business Administrator Jose “Joey” Torres said in a telephone interview Thursday.

Torres said Brick saved millions of dollars from a similar solar project there.

Jackson officials will vote next week to set aside $70,000 for a solar study. The money will be pulled from two capital projects bonds totaling $3.4 million that originally allocated money for, among other things, the use of the Legler Landfill as a compost facility… Read more

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