Friday, February 10, 2012

City Hall Solar Panels Reach Milestone

Bullhead City Hall solar panels last week surged passed the 100 megawatt mark. Since the panels began generating electricity on Dec. 27, 2010, the project has not only saved the city about $6,500 in energy costs, but it has also saved approximately 7,200 gallons of fossil fuel and prevented 142,720 pounds of CO2 emissions (Converting that amount of CO2 into oxygen would require 8,647 trees).

Through a partnership with Mohave Electric Cooperative and its SunWatts Renewable Energy Program, the utility cooperative provided more than two-thirds of the cost of the $394,425 project. MEC also applied a $78,373 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus, grant toward the city’s one-third portion of the cost.

The balance of the Bullhead City’s share of the project will be repaid at $2,124 a year for 20 years. Photovoltaic (solar) panels were installed above the City Hall parking lot and require minimum maintenance — primarily cleaning — to keep the panels operating at peak efficiency.

“Saving energy dollars and lowering operating costs for government and schools is an important part of Mohave Electric’s renewable energy plan,” said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric CEO. “The solar projects at City Hall and the schools are visible reminders that show how renewable energy surcharge dollars paid by members are making a difference in the community.”

Electricity generation, resource savings, and other data about the Bullhead City photovoltaic system are displayed in the City Hall lobby and online at Username: “bullheadcity,” Password: “bhcsolar” .


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