Independence city officials and project partners broke ground Thursday morning on the latest phase of community solar farm – this one at the former Rockwood Golf Club next to Hardy Avenue. The city purchased the 94-acre property last November for $985,000, and MC Power paid a half-million dollars to lease the southern portion of the property, surrounding Nowlin Middle School, and construct the solar farm. The remaining acreage will be kept as green space. The solar farm at Rockwood is projected to be 4.5 megawatts. Combined with the current 3 megawatts produced at the first solar farm site on Bundschu Road and the planned expansion there, the city will be generating about 11.5 megawatts of solar power, the largest community project in the state. From left are Independence City Manager Zach Walker, MC Power Vice President Loren Williamson, Council Member Scott Roberson, Mayor Eileen Weir, council members Tom Van Camp, Curt Dougherty and Karen DeLuccie and Mark Gardner of Gardner Capital. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]