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Benefits of Waterloo solar project touted at open house

An 80 megawatt solar facility in the west end of this Seneca County town will be a hot topic in the coming year.

Some of that discussion began Wednesday at an open house hosted by the developer, NextEra Energy Resources, at the Serven Fire Department.

The Florida-based company plans to lease 1,072 acres of farmland from multiple property owner. The parcel borders Packwood, Serven, Border City and Pre-Emption roads. They will use 450 acres to install many of 10 foot-high, ground-mounted solar panels to generate electric power to be added to the state power grid.

Emory Oese-Siegel, one of the property owners involved, said he will lease about 500 of his 700 acres to NextEra.

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