Grand Rapids to explore solar power for waste water facility

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CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 25: A ground-mounted solar array located near the intersection of Lakeview Road and Euclid Ave across the street from Lakeview Cemetery is shown on March 25, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images for

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids City Commission Tuesday authorized the city to start looking into solar power for the city’s waste water treatment plant.

City staff will begin negotiating with American Capital Energy  for long term power purchase and a land lease agreement for a solar facility at the former Butterworth Acres landfill.

The city expects the solar facility could help the city save $200,000 to $300,000 per year in electricity costs.  The solar facility would provide power to the Wastewater Treatment site, which is adjacent to the property.

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  • svede

    Why is there no mention of costs but only mention of purported “savings”? Are these savings based off of what the city currently overpays for “green energy” and not what they could be buying it for? To understand feasibility you’d need to know the percent of sunshine in Grand Rapids (ever been here in December?), construction and maintenance costs, green energy subsidies and Federal grants. All money ultimately comes fro the tax payer including the “free” Federal money and subsidies. If it is feasible it is but I have not seen any presentation of the facts.

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