What’s greener than a local farmers market? One with green energy!

Mark One Electric employees install solar panels at City Market (From The Kansas City Star)

Mark One Electric employees install solar panels at City Market (From The Kansas City Star)

News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
www.kcmo.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2014

City Market gains solar panels

What’s greener than a local farmers market? One with green energy!

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is partnering with Kansas City Power & Light and Mark One Electric to install solar panels on the east side of the City Market, one of the largest public farmers markets in the Midwest.

Two 25-kw solar systems are being installed on the south-facing roof peak of the Arabia Steamboat Museum. Each system comprises 100-250 watt modules. The systems were designed by Solar Design Studio for KCP&L and are leased to the City. Panel installation by Mark One Electric will be completed this month, and the system will be fully operational by late spring.

The market is one of 65 City locations to receive solar installations as part of the City’s plan to install solar panels on City-owned buildings, making Kansas City the largest user of on-site generated solar power in the State of Missouri and the largest municipal user of solar-generated electricity in municipal operations in the four-state area (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska) of U.S. EPA Region 7.

The new panels will reduce the amount of generated energy needed to power the market’s east bank of buildings, providing a significant savings in electricity costs and making Kansas City one of the top cities in the U.S. to use solar power rooftop systems.

“It goes without saying that the core values of the City Market and farmers’ market make this an ideal location to implement long-term sustainability practices,” said Deb Churchill, vice president and property manager for the City Market. “Patrons have come to expect local and sustainable food at the City Market; it only makes sense to strive to meet similar goals throughout our entire operation.”

The City Market is a natural model of sustainably by ensuring that food items are transported over shorter distances, processed locally and sold directly to consumers. Additionally, the market has implemented a series of environmentally-friendly projects, including a compost and recycling program that annually diverts almost 400 tons of food waste, cardboard and other materials from local landfills.

For information about citywide sustainability efforts, see kcmo.gov/kcgreen.

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