The McDonough city council approved the purchase of solar-powered lights for various locations throughout the city. The lights will be purchased from Integrated Power Systems, Inc. of Aurora, CO.
The council voted 6-1 (Roger Pruitt opposed) to approve the $296,265 purchase. The package includes 47 lights, all equipment necessary for their operation, and 47 eight meter steel poles. Also included are nine Wi-Fi routers and nine security cameras for use at select locations.
The purchase is funded through SPLOST IV parks 33%, impact fees 34%, and general fund 33%. Costs for installation, to be completed by public works staff, are not included.
The new solar-powered lights will be installed at the following locations:
- McDonough Police Department, 50 Lawrenceville Street
- Alexander Park West, Jonesboro Road
- Avalon Park expansion parking lot, Industrial Parkway
- McDonough Fire Station 51 (test location previously installed)
- South Point Blvd between Academy Sports and state route 81
- Rufus L. Stewart Park, 342 Simpson Street
Council approves next step for possible solar farm
The McDonough council also voted 6-1 (Roger Pruitt opposed) to move forward with the development of an RFP (request for proposals) to seek qualified vendors for the cityâ€™s solar farm project. The solar farm would be located off Turner Church Road if built.
McDonough purchased 91.44 +/- acres at the northeast corner of state route 155 and Turner Church Road in 2018. The council purchased the property for future use as a water reservoir; however, approximately seventy acres of the property is high-ground and could be used for solar panels.
The project has been estimated to cost $24 million to build. Expected revenues would be $61 million over a twenty-year span. The city is considering a loan through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to finance the project.