Solar Field WCP Plano

( photo by Mark Harrington)

In the first year of operation at its solar field on South Hale Street, the city of Plano has saved taxpayers $27,000. That announcement came at this week’s Plano City Council meeting. 


Plano Mayor Bob Hausler said that figure is expected to rise to $46,000 for a full year operation in the next year. He added that the money is part of the city’s sewer fund, anticipating additional savings once a current rate study is concluded. 


The solar field provides electricity at the Plano wastewater treatment plant. 


In other city council action: 


Unanimously the city council voted for a new 20-year boundary line jurisdictional agreement with the village of Sugar Grove and Plano, where prior no citizens commented during the public hearing.


Financing lease agreements for two Plano police squad cars and a public works truck totaling over a half-million dollars were approved by aldermen.


Elsewhere, the Plano Transfer Station on Eldamain Road, where garbage trucks dump their loads inside a building to be reloaded and trucked to landfills, was given approval to increase its tonnage maximums. That move will allow the operator Groot Industries to bid on a contract with Yorkville. Currently, the transfer station also serves several surrounding communities. 


Finally, the $22,500 cost of a new warning siren for Neubert Park will be paid through an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant and the Enbridge Pipeline Company. That will result in  two new sirens within a year to Plano, the other near South Little Rock Road.