The city of Kansas City, Mo., is partnering with KCP&L and Brightergy, a local solar energy company, to install solar panels at 45 city locations. In total, 61 25-kilowatt (kW) systems will be installed, for a total of 1.5 megawatts of solar power. Police, fire department and community center buildings are among those getting the solar panels.
The City Market received four solar panels on the south-facing roof peak of the Arabia Steamboat Museum building (see photo).
The systems were designed by Solar Design Studio for KCP&L and will be leased to the city. Panel installation by Mark One Electric was completed in March, and the system will be fully operational by late spring. All of the installations are slated to be completed by the end of June.
In addition to the solar energy that will soon partially power the City Market’s east bank of buildings, the market has taken other measures to reduce its environmental impact. For instance, the market has a compost and recycling program that annually diverts almost 400 tons of food waste, cardboard and other materials from area landfills.