• Solar energy discussion Saturday in Independence

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  • A local group, Indy Energy, is holding a meeting on solar energy and how it might fit into plans for the city of Independence.
    It’s at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 West U.S. 24. Mid-Continent is a co-sponsor of the event. It’s free and open to the public.
    Scheduled speakers are:
    • Paul Mahlberg, deputy director of Independence Power and Light, the city-owned utility.
    • Brian Barton, director of government affairs and public relations for MCPower Companies of Lee’s Summit.
    • Andy Knott of the Beyond Coal project of the Sierra Club.
    In addition to the discussion of solar energy, those attending can ask questions.
    IndyEnergy has website – at www.indyenergy.org/ – with information on IPL rates, the city’s two coal-fired power plants, possible energy options for the future, and related topics.
    Also, the Sierra club has information critical of burning coal for energy at http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/
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