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Two Missouri cities consider solar energy farms

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline.

Solar energy firms have been wooing Sugar Creek and Independence to build solar farms to replace carbon-based facilities. Independence officials asked for proposals from energy developers last month, and Sugar Creek already has an agreement with one company.

If plans move forward, the two cities would join a number of Missouri municipalities that have opened solar farms.

[St. Louis Post Dispatch]