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City of Boise Prepares to Become Solar Farm's Landlord

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 - estimated at $143,000 per year.

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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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