After two years of negotiations, the Village of Woodville will see the start of construction on a 4½- acre solar field on village-owned land behind the utility building on Lime Road.
In July of 2012, Solar Planet, LLC, Columbus, contacted the village about installing a solar field in or near the village.
The solar field is a 750 KW system and the panels are made globally with other equipment and material coming from local resources.
Village officials said one benefit of Woodville having a solar field is that it will diversify the energy portfolio and it will supply about 6 percent of the annual energy requirements of the village. Additionally, Woodmore schools will have access to the solar field and will be able to connect digitally to it to collect data for use in various school projects.
It’s been a long process to get the project off the drawing board, village officials said.
Village council passed legislation in March of 2013 to allow Keith Kruse, administrator, to work with Solar Planet to develop a solar field in the village. In September of that year, Solar Planet submitted changes to the contract and continued to make changes in the contract until December.
Solar Planet requested in January 2014 that development be stopped so that they could work out some internal issues and in March the company announced it was under new management.
Two years after the initial contact, Solar Planet’s new management met with the village and agreed to honor the original contract.
Solar Planet has surveyed the site and will be moving forward on construction by the end of September.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.