Solar farm project launches in Kingston, TN

PHOTO BY BOB FOWLER

KINGSTON — This city is getting into the solar power business, and it’s not costing taxpayers a dime, Mayor Troy Beets said.

In a cooperative venture with a Nashville company, 200 solar panels are being installed behind the city’s water treatment plant on Highway 58 South, the mayor said after a brief ceremony Tuesday at the facility.

Another 800 panels will be put in place in July on a 1.38-acre tract of city-owned land off James Ferry Road near the plant.

“Our only skin in the game is the property,” Beets said.

Combined, the 1,000 panels should generate the equivalent of enough electrical power to operate the water treatment plant, which has about a $6,000-a-month electric bill.

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