The city of Grantville is looking to the sun to explore new energy sources.
The Grantville city council unanimously approved the purchase of solar power for the city's energy needs.
"The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia has entered into a power purchase contract to receive 80 megawatts of solar power," said City Manager Al Grieshaber. "They have asked members of MEAG, of which we are one, whether or not we have interest in adding solar power, a carbon neutral emission, to our energy source. We requested 750 kilowatts of solar power."
According to Grieshaber, the city also draws power from gas-fire generators, nuclear sources, coal fire and hydro-electric generators.
The power purchase contract is a 20-year agreement, Grieshaber said, with the price fixed at $25.91 per megawatt.
One megawatt is equivalent to 1,000 kilowatts.
"So certainly our kilowatts are divisible into that, but that is a reasonable price that is guaranteed delivery, and we pay no transmission costs, which is different from the electric power we get from MEAG because there we pay a transmission cost," Grieshaber said.