McDonough approves $297k purchase for solar-powered lights

Photo of McDonough staff installing a solar-powered light outside McDonough Fire Station 51 (city photo)
McDonough installed the city’s first solar-powered light in October 2019. (city photo)

The McDonough city council approved the purchase of solar-powered lights for various locations throughout the city. The lights will be purchased from Integrated Power Systems, Inc. of Aurora, CO.

The council voted 6-1 (Roger Pruitt opposed) to approve the $296,265 purchase. The package includes 47 lights, all equipment necessary for their operation, and 47 eight meter steel poles. Also included are nine Wi-Fi routers and nine security cameras for use at select locations.

The purchase is funded through SPLOST IV parks 33%, impact fees 34%, and general fund 33%. Costs for installation, to be completed by public works staff, are not included.

The new solar-powered lights will be installed at the following locations:

  • McDonough Police Department, 50 Lawrenceville Street
  • Alexander Park West, Jonesboro Road
  • Avalon Park expansion parking lot, Industrial Parkway
  • McDonough Fire Station 51 (test location previously installed)
  • South Point Blvd between Academy Sports and state route 81
  • Rufus L. Stewart Park, 342 Simpson Street

Council approves next step for possible solar farm

The McDonough council also voted 6-1 (Roger Pruitt opposed) to move forward with the development of an RFP (request for proposals) to seek qualified vendors for the city’s solar farm project. The solar farm would be located off Turner Church Road if built.

McDonough purchased 91.44 +/- acres at the northeast corner of state route 155 and Turner Church Road in 2018. The council purchased the property for future use as a water reservoir; however, approximately seventy acres of the property is high-ground and could be used for solar panels.

The project has been estimated to cost $24 million to build. Expected revenues would be $61 million over a twenty-year span. The city is considering a loan through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to finance the project.