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Southern Indiana city plans solar farm to power sewage plant

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city is aiming to hold down future increases in sewer bills by building a 4-acre solar farm.

Boonville officials are moving ahead with an estimated $1.7 million project for the field of nearly 2,000 solar panels to power its new sewage treatment plant.

The city expects to sell excess electricity that's generated to the utility company Vectren. Projections are that the city will save about $17,000 a month or $6 million over the next 30 years.

Mayor Charles Wyatt says he's glad the city about 15 miles northeast of Evansville can use green energy to reduce expenses for the sewage plant.

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