Muskogee Civic Center could be a model for the city as it begins to transition toward a greener future.

City councilors will be asked Monday night to approve the purchase and installation of an array of 820 solar panels capable of producing 300 kWh. The $480,800 investment — that includes an $80,000 discount in the form of a tax credit plus the costs of maintenance and monitoring — is expected to produce a savings of $1.3 million to $2 million during the the next 25 years.

Administrators and city councilors discussed solar options during the budgeting process more than a year ago and included $260,000 in the fiscal year 2020 budget for down payment. Since then, assessments of several municipal buildings were conducted to determine which sites would be best suited for the city’s first major solar project.

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