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FOREST CITY | Tom Bird, construction manager for the Butter Solar Project in Forest City, explained to the solar project and how it will affect the city to Forest City residents.

The informational meeting was held Monday afternoon at Forest Plaza Assisted Living.

Bird came with his colleagues, Chris Barnes, director of solar operations, and Scott Hossie, vice president of wind and solar operations, to answer questions posed by residents.

Bird, Barnes and Hossie all come from BluEarth Renewables, which builds, owns and operates renewable energy projects, including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy projects. The company is based in Calgary, Alberta in Canada.

Bird said the solar facility for the Butter Solar Project, which is located next to Forest Plaza, started construction in January and is progressing well despite the delays due to flooding and mud on site.

“It’s on track to be finished by the end of May,” Bird said.

According to Bird, because the energy from the solar farm is being generated locally and put into the local distribution line, it will be used locally.

“Soon, all your lights around here, a lot of that electricity will be generated right next door,” he said.

The solar farm will generate about 3 megawatts of electricity, 370 watts per panel, and is expected to have 8,105 panels.

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