The Streator City Council agreed to give a company up to two years to create a solar farm on the former Smith Douglas fertilizer manufacturing site.
AC Power Development Company will work with ComEd on an interconnection agreement and to gain state and federal approvals and incentives to build up to two 7.5 megawatt solar facilities.
If the project is found to be viable, AC Power and the city would work on a long-term lease for the property with annual payments based on the amount of power being generated at the site, City Manager David Plyman said in a memo to the City Council. The company is not expecting the city to buy any of the power, Plyman said.
Plyman said there have been no significant interest in the site.
AC Power Development Company specializes in building solar projects and has worked with Brownfields sites, Streator Mayor Tara Bedei said.
“Given the history of this site, this seems like a no brainer,” City Council member David Reed said. “If we can find someone to use the property, there hasn’t been anyone else that’s stepped up.”