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Bloomfield breaks ground at future solar farm

When completed, the 1.86 megawatt solar farm will power about 10 percent of the city's energy/KTVO

More than 5,000 solar panels are being installed in Bloomfield this month, just west of the fairgrounds.

The city broke ground at the site Thursday morning on Old Highway 2.

When completed, the 1.86 megawatt solar farm will power about 10 percent of the city's energy.

It’s part of a community effort, to become energy independent by 2030.

Contractors with Iowa Wind and Solar were invited to celebrate with the city Thursday.

“It really is the first step,” said Iowa Wind and Solar President Tyler Anderson. “I know we're coming a long way in energy storage so, once that becomes more economically viable, we can look at doing more projects with them."

For Anderson, it's a project that hits home. Anderson told KTVO he's excited to start one of his biggest energy projects in his hometown.

The goal is to wrap up construction by the end of the year.

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