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Construction for solar panels begins at oncology center

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – Construction on a new carport customized with solar panels has begun on the Morris Regional Oncology Center, and soon it will move forward with additional panels on the property.

The center also is planning to put solar panels on its roof and on open green space it has on its property at 1600 W. U.S. 6. Earlier this month the Morris City Council approved property variances needed for this project and Thursday the Development Review Committee approved the landscape plan to make the project more aesthetically pleasing.

The city previously approved the center adding a carport – which will have solar panels on the roof – to its parking lot.

Making the center solar powered will save the center “100 percent of its electric bill,” Joseph Kozicki, project manager for Solar Micronics, which is doing the solar panel project for the center, has previously said. A beige vinyl fence will be put around the open space where the panels are being added to shield neighbors.

The landscaping plan brought to the DRC consisted of knockout roses, reed grass, green and flowered shrubs and evergreen trees.

The DRC approved the plan with the recommendation of City Engineer Mike Hoffman to add additional landscaping around the northwest corner of the property along Edgewater Drive.

Kozicki said Friday preliminary work for the carport portion of the project has begun and weather permitting, next week heavy machinery will be in to install the carport.

“We’re going to be finished by the end of the year, with everything,” he said.

The center wants to have the panels in place by Dec. 31 to receive federal government funds offered as an incentive for solar panels. The center will have about 700 panels for the entire project.

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