JJR Power Inc. would fully finance a system that would feature solar panels on the roofs of two county buildings, the government center and the highway shop on Service Drive in Goodview.
County Sustainability coordinator, Anne Morse, told the board if the project is given the go-ahead and the board eventually approves it, the county would be paying 80-percent of their electricity bill for the first 6 years and then have the option to own the panels.
Board member Marcia Ward expressed doubts about the plan, having had a bad partnership with wind turbines in the recent past.
According to Innovative Power Systems, who would oversee the solar project, The county's average monthly savings would be 83-dollars the 1st year and up to 740-dollars by year thirty.
The county is under NO obligation to move forward with the project even if it's approved by JJR Power.
JJR Power is an investment company specializing in renewable energy and power markets. They are making this offer because current incentives by Xcel and federal tax credits make it a great time to invest in solar power in Minnesota.