Lamar-Dixon may get solar power
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are considering a plan to install solar panels at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to save on energy costs.
The panels would be placed on the roof of one of the barns at Lamar-Dixon and produce an estimated 250 to 300 kilowatts of electricity for the 247-acre facility.
A private grant from NRG Energy would pay for the upgrade, as part of a federal consent decree over pollution emissions from the company's Big Cajun II electrical plant in New Roads.
Parish officials expect to spend about $330,000 this year on utilities for Lamar-Dixon.
Council members must approve the plan.