RENO — The City of Reno has announced the completion of nine solar installations, which is anticipated to save the general fund $1.6 to $3 million over the next 20 years and means the city is now receiving 15 to 18 percent of its total power from solar.
The nine installations are located at the Reno-Stead Wastewater Plant; the Public Works Corporation Yard; the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center; Reno Fire Station 3 on Moana Lane; Reno Fire Station 10 on North Virginia Street; Reno Fire Station 11 on Mae Anne Avenue; the Neil Road complex; Mira Loma Park; and the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course.
The solar projects provide power to the city at a starting cost of $0.069 per kilowatt hour. The total system is comprised of 5,016 solar panels with a total nameplate of 1,027 kilowatt alternating current. The system is predicted to produce 1,911,511 kilowatt hours per year.
Funding was provided by a combination of $4.1 million in rebates from NV Energy and the SolarGenerations program, federal tax incentives and payments for the energy produced by the array. Solar energy company Enfinity America Corporation provided the remainder of the funding, and will own and operate the systems on behalf of Reno for the duration of the 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
The City of Reno’s nine solar projects were the first statewide Request for Proposal (RFP) to build renewable energy by taking advantage of a Nevada state law passed in October 2009 (AB 186) that allows for third-party ownership of renewable energy generation systems. The law allows businesses, institutions and governments to purchase solar arrays without upfront capital costs. Money is saved by paying long-term fixed rates on the energy generated.
Visit www.reno.gov to use Reno’s Green Energy Dashboard, which tracks energy generated by the City of Reno from solar and wind turbine systems installed on city facilities. For more information, contact Jason Geddes, environmental service administrator, at 334-3311.