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Where we live: Lackawanna


Residents will get a chance to voice their concerns Thursday at a public hearing on the second phase of the “Steel Sun” project that would transform more brownfields into a production site for clean energy.

The public hearing at 5:15 p.m. is in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 740 Ridge Road, said Fred Heinle, director of development for Lackawanna.

Phase One of Steel Sun, announced last October by BQ Energy of Poughkeepsie, Pa., targeted 11.69 acres of former steel plant property on Route 5. That plan called for the installation of 13,000 solar panels.

“The land has been fully cleared and is ready for installation,” said Heinle. “The government funding is in place, and interviews are being conducted with the contractors who submitted bids to install the panels.”

The land is owned by Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc.

Phase Two would install an additional 27,054 panels on 39 acres, said Heinle.

“Both of these sites must be fully operational by the end of 2016 or they lose the federal tax benefits, and those benefits are significant,” said Heinle.

This week:

• The City Council meets at 7 p.m. for its regularly scheduled council meeting. A caucus precedes at 6:30.