After spending almost 10 hours listening to local residents’ thoughts on the matter, officials greenlit a solar farm project in Douglas County, Kansas. 

The Lawrence Times reported that county commissioners unanimously approved the 159-megawatt solar farm, called the Kansas Sky Energy Center, north of Lawrence. Evergy, the owner and operator receiving the project permit, will rely on Savion LLC for the design. 

“Savion and Evergy are partnering with The Nature Conservancy to develop and administer agrivoltaics under and beside the solar panels. This will include vegetables, grazing and native pollinator-friendly plants,” he wrote. “… The panels also protect crops from intense rain and hail.”