by Dennis Dalman
The City of Sartell has agreed to lease eight acres of land along Seventh Avenue S. to be used for electricity-generating solar panels, an installation sometimes called a “solar farm.”
The lease, to a company known as “Enterprise Energy,” will bring to the city about $20,000 annually for the 25 years of the lease, which can be renewed after that time.
The city council recently voted unanimously to approve the lease.
The property is located at 800 Seventh Ave. S.
The solar site, which will produce electricity for commercial sale (specifically to Xcel Energy for local distribution), will have overhead and underground lines for electrical transmissions and communications. The entire area will be fenced in with a sturdy security fence and surveillance cameras.
More details of the facility will be reported in the Sartell Newsleader as the solar farm is designed and constructed.