Kansas City is looking for a solar farm proposal on land near the airport

With Kansas City International Airport The new terminal is only a few months away from completionThe city is turning its attention to the surrounding vacant land, where officials envision a sustainable energy project capable of powering tens of thousands of households.

The city’s Department of Aviation on Thursday issued a request for proposals seeking developers to build a utility-scale solar farm along as much as 3,131 undeveloped acres reserved for non-aviation uses west, southwest and south of the airport.

If the empty area is fully cleared for solar projects, the photovoltaic (PV) system can provide up to 500 megawatts (MW) of power, or enough to power up to 70,000 Kansas City homes, based on local averages, according to a city. The feasibility study was completed in May. Developers can run long-term land lease contracts and energy purchase agreements with airports.

“We need bold, innovative, and aggressive solutions if we want to make transformational improvements to our environment,” City Manager. Brian Platt said in a statement.

“This array will be a national example of the potential that exists when we commit to big thinking and will have a tremendous impact on air quality, the health of our citizens and our local energy grid.”

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