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Ken Kagy, left, principal transmission engineer at Cedar Falls Utilities, shows Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg solar panels during a tour of the CFU solar garden in June 2017.

WAVERLY — A new installation in Waverly’s industrial park will be a “reflection” of the energy-saving wishes of the city’s residents.

The City Council unanimously approved a new 1,700-panel solar array as a special provisional use on 3.27 acres of city-owned land in the Waverly Industrial Plaza.

The solar array will have a 500-kilowatt capacity, said Curt Atkins, director of business operations for Waverly Utilities.

“Last year we did a survey — would you be interested in this? And the results in that was very favorable ... which kind of persuaded us to look for land,” Atkins told the council Monday.

Atkins said, much like how Cedar Falls Utilities runs their solar program, customers will be able to buy one or more panels they can then get credits back for on their utility bills. Financing of the panels, which he did not give a price for, is also available.

“One of the main reasons we’re pursuing it is community input, and for customers who can’t put solar on their own property,” he said.

Ward 3 council member Rodney Drenkow asked how the credits would be generated.

Atkins said the total energy produced on the array will be divided between participants.

The plan was approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission in January on a unanimous vote. Atkins said there was no feedback from adjoining property owners.

Waverly Utilities would set up the panels on Lots 9 and 10, which sit on the south side of 16th Avenue Southwest about 300 feet west of Eighth Street Southwest. It will be a “fixed tilt array,” or one that does not move, and will face south.

The approved resolution does not transfer the land to Waverly Utilities, which is city-owned, but instead allows the utility to use it on a provisional basis.

The utility company will surround the solar array with a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire.


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