Arvada, CO . . . . The City’s latest sustainability project is all about harnessing the sun’s power!
The City of Arvada received $951,900 as part of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding from the United States Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). EECBG provides funds to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions throughout the community. The Arvada City Council has developed a wide-ranging and aggressive plan to use the funds for improvements to City operations, projects that impact the community as a whole, and to help individuals save energy and money.
One of the projects identified for funding was the installation of new photovoltaic (solar) systems at Arvada City Hall. That installation is now complete and soon the sun will be assisting with energy needs at the building
City Hall System Facts:
- Used the National Renewable Energy Laboratories Technical Assistance Program to identify City facilities with good solar access
- Paid for with Energy Efficiency Block Grant from the Department of Energy
- Utilized Xcel’s rebate program
- Sun Spot Solar, LLC out of Golden did the installation, competitive RFP process, Steve Cross is the contact
- 58 kW system, covering all solar available roof area
- Annual AC production will be 90,000 kWh or 6% of the buildings energy needs
- 6% is pretty good considering City Hall is a three story building and 30% of the building is a 24/7 facility housing Police and Dispatch.
- A screen will be located inside the main entrance displaying real time production of the system with associated environmental indicator savings.