Contract for Rooftop Solar on Five Fire Stations Approved

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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:37 pm

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Dubuque City Council recently approved agreements with Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque, Iowa for the installation of rooftop solar arrays on five of the city’s six fire stations. The project is expected to reduce electricity costs at the stations by more than 30 percent.

The contract award follows a request for proposal process which generated responses from five firms. The City Council unanimously approved a power purchase agreement and a collateral assignment agreement with Eagle Point Solar for the installation of rooftop solar arrays on the Fire Department Headquarters at 11 W. Ninth St., Station 2 at 2180 John F. Kennedy Rd., Station 3 at 3155 Central Ave., Station 4 at 1697 University Ave., and Station 5 at 689 S. Grandview Ave.

Once installed, the arrays are expected to permanently reduce the city’s cost of each kilowatt hour of electricity utilized in the five fire stations by more than 30 percent. Specifically, the terms of the contract include a $0.085/kWh initial rate with a three percent inflation rate. This compares with the current aggregate Alliant Energy rate for the fire facilities of $0.116/kWh. The only upfront funding required for this project from the city is for equipment upgrades to allow internet connectivity for the solar arrays, not to exceed $1,500.

The percentage of electricity use offset and carbon dioxide offset at each station varies, due to available roof space and usage at that site:

"The Fire Department has focused, first, on energy efficiency in their facilities," said City of Dubuque Sustainable Community Coordinator Cori Burbach. "Installation of solar arrays is an opportunity for us to continue to reduce utility costs while also helping the community reach our goal to reduce greenhouse gases 50 percent by 2030."

Installation is expected to begin in late January 2017 and be completed in late February, weather permitting.

SOURCE: City of Dubuque

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