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Adams looking at floating solar power on Lake Pentenwell

ADAMS - The mayor of Adams says algae on Lake Petenwell gets so bad, no one wants to go in the water. That's why the city wants to partner with Global Environmental Infrastructure Technologies to build a floating solar power plant on the lake.

It would clean up that blue-green algae by sucking up phosphorus and other contaminants. The Australian company would build a factory in the Adams Industrial Park near Highway 13, making power plant equipment there, while using green technology to clean the city's wastewater. Part of a deal could also include powering street.

Initially, the project would create 30 jobs, while an eventually work force of 200 would be possible. Questions are being raised about a private company building its plant on a public waterway. The Department of Natural Resources is studying the question.

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