Gulf Power announced plans in March to build a solar energy center on a 697-acre parcel of land off Jackson Road, south of State Highway 162 (Jacob Road). With a development order in hand for that project, the company is seeking permission to build another of a slightly smaller size but capable of generating a comparable amount of energy near Blue Springs.

The 443-acre targeted site is property owned by A.W. Hatcher Farms, according to documents submitted with the request for initial approval by the Jackson County Planning Commission in May. It must come before Jackson County Commissioners for final approval and a development order. It had been set for board consideration Tuesday, but was pulled from that agenda because of a technical problem associated with advertising requirements.

The project site is located on the east side of Lawrence Road and on the north side of Americus Road, about 2,140 feet south of the intersection of Blue Springs and Lawrence roads.

The plant is expected to generate 74.5 megawatts of solar power, as is the plant planned for the Jacob area, enough to power an estimated 15,000 typical homes. It is tentatively named Blue Springs Solar Energy Center.

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