City of Boise Prepared to Become Solar Farm's Landlord



On average, there are more than 200 sunny days in Boise (and during the dog days of summer, it feels as if there are a lot more).

And those numbers should cast a long shadow over Boise City Hall this Tuesday, July 29, when the City Council will be asked to move forward with plans to lease public property to a private firm that wants to build a $45 million solar power plant.

It was four years ago when Mayor Dave Bieter, as part of his State of the City address, said that the city had a plan to lease city-owned property to Sunergy World to build a photovoltaic plant.

And this coming week, city leaders will be asked to commit to a 20-year lease, with an option for an additional 10 years, with Boise City Solar, a subsidiary of Sunergy, to build a 40 megawatt solar facility on 360 acres at the Twenty Mile South Biosolids Application Facility on South Cloverdale Road.

As part of the deal, the city would receive a lease rate of $150 per acre per year (approximately $54,000 per year). Additionally, the city would receive a franchise fee equivalency of 2.75 percent of the solar farm's gross operating revenue. That's estimated to be $143,000 per year.

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