Marc Gerken, President & CEO of American Municipal Power who spoke at the solar field open house said, “Solar energy is very cost effective, solar energy is free. You are looking at a state of the art, clean energy project. You took a brownfield site in the middle of town and turned it into something quite beautiful, and you don’t usually see that. You made lemonade out of lemons here."
State Senator Mike Shirkey, who was also attended the open house has had a solar field at his home since 2011. "The people of Coldwater are on the leading edge of maximizing the sites value. Every horizontal surface and half of every vertical surface, within 20 years, will be producing energy,” Shirkey said. “In one hour a day the sun projects, on the surface of the earth, more energy than the entire world uses in a year. We just haven’t figured out how to harvest it yet. Solar is the way to do it."