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A solar park is coming to the Decatur County Industrial Park

Posted: 5:30 PM, Dec 07, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-07 15:29:13-05
Solar park is coming to Decatur County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The Decatur County Industrial park will go from having green grass to having a green future.

A Lenexa, Kansas company is building a solar farm at the Decatur County Industrial Park.

The Decatur County Industrial park will go from having green grass to having a green future.

Keith Lyle is the chairman of the Bainbridge Decatur Development Authority, he says, "We are just extremely excited to have this come for the community."

Trade Winds Energy is leasing at least 100 acres to put in solar panels at ten thousand dollars a year.

Company executives says they will invest 17 million dollars into the project.

Lyle says, "This will add from the tax aspect a significant revenue stream. When it is all said and done you are looking at a taxable amount of 40 million is assets. On the project that is 400 hundred thousand a year in tax revenue."

Two other green companies Danimer and Meredian have already moved into the industrial park.

The development authority of Bainbridge Decatur is hoping to turn the park into a green hub.

Keith Lyle says, "Whatever we can do to recruit to put people to work and to add tax revenue. We want to pursue especially new exciting

jobs in the green technology field."

Construction on the solar farm should begin on about a year. After it is built above 12 people will be hired to maintain the solar farm year round.