City Council discusses potential for west side solar farm

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The west side of Rockford could soon see new development that will not only generate energy but also much needed money to combat the budget deficit.

The Rockford City Council discussed a plan with Trajectory Energy that would build a solar farm on the west side of town. The new development would take the place of the Horsman Quarry, an area that's been underutilized for years. The city says the solar farm could also generate funds. The Planning and Development Committee will vote on the solar farm next week before it goes on to the full city council.

"It’s really exciting that we will see this type of investment where the city can make some money. We can provide green energy business on the west side of Rockford with the solar farm and also provide a potential savings and energy cost to those citizens in our community with the greatest need,” said Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara.

The city council also considered the consolidation of environmental labs between the city and the county. The labs test thousands of water samples each year. The consolidation would save the county money and generate between $85,000 to $100,000 for the city.