The site of a solar project near Swanton High School had to be moved but it is still hoped construction will be completed this year.
The originally planned site was too close to the Waterwood Farms subdivision to the north.
“The field is going to be moved from the original location because we ran into the property line of the housing development to the north of the school,” said Swanton Local Schools Superintendent Chris Lake. “Apparently, they own a corner of that farm field and there wasn’t enough room for the field, so it was moved closer to the high school.”
Installation of a fence for the project began late last week. It extends from just northwest of the main high school drive into the field.
The field will be located over 440 feet from the west property line of the school. The change in site of the solar field should not have any impact on a future baseball and softball complex planned at the school, according to Lake.
“The work is going to begin (this) week and should progress rapidly,” said Lake. “I don’t have a completion date yet, but Entrust had wanted to have the field done before the end of the year.”
The solar field is part of a power purchase agreement that includes no upfront cost to the district. Energy costs would be a fixed rate for 30 years, and lower than they are currently.
The solar array is 620 kilowatts and would cover just under three acres of land north of the high school.
The company currently has eight solar fields at northwest Ohio schools including one for Wauseon Exempted Village Schools.