Solar, Sourcing Renewables - June 10, 2020
Michigan city completes Phase 1 of 645 kW solar overhaul
The public works building in Muskegon Heights, Mich., completed a solar installation that will be part of a larger 645 kW system that is expected to offset nearly half of the city’s public building energy needs.
The public works solar installation is just the first phase in the city’s energy overhaul. Once the project is completed, city officials expect it to offset 47% of the city’s electricity consumption and save around $100,000 per year, MLive reported.
“The idea came, originally, from looking at ways to help the city and improve the city,” Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean told the publication. “There was a tremendous amount of teamwork that occurred over the last two years to bring this to the point at which we’re here today.”
Currently, the city has plans to next install ground-mounted solar panels at the water filtration plants and at a pumping station, in addition to a rooftop solar installation at City Hall. Chart House Energy and New Energy Equity have been helping the Michigan city complete these solar projects. New Energy Equity has overseen installation and infrastructure costs so that Muskegon Heights has no upfront costs.
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