Escanaba Township to consider proposed solar farm Monday night

Escanaba Township project map for the UPPCO/Chandler Solar Project. (WLUC Photo)
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ESCANABA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Escanaba Township Planning Commission could give the green light to a new solar farm.

The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPCO) is working with Chandler Solar Project on a new, 125-megawatt facility in Escanaba Township.

UPPCO says the project could save its customers more than $20 million in energy costs over the next 25 years. However, some people who live near the proposed facility oppose the plans, and don't want it near their homes.

Those are concerns Escanaba Township leaders will have to consider in a meeting Monday night.

"We do need people to come forward. We need the engineers and the geologists and the foresters to help us. If the project is to go a head, it has to go ahead responsibly," said Jack Penegor, the Chairman of the Escanaba Township Planning Commission.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Escanaba Township Hall. TV6 & FOX UP will have a report from the meeting on your TV6 Late News.

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