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Where else might Park City leaders install solar power?
As many as 21 buildings plus waterworks facilities are under consideration.
by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF
Posted: 02/18/2011 04:40:59 PM MST
City Hall wants to learn whether it is feasible to expand its solar power program from a handful of municipal buildings to as many as 21 buildings and another 20 or so waterworks facilities.
Officials are accepting proposals from firms capable of studying the solar power prospects of the municipal buildings. The proposals are due March 8. None had been submitted by the middle of the week, but there had been questions from firms that might be interested, said Tyler Poulson, who coordinates City Hall's environmental programs.
Poulson said some of the buildings that will be researched include the Park Avenue police station and the Recreation Building in City Park. Officials also want to learn whether it is feasible to install additional solar panels at the Park City Ice Arena.
The Marsac Building, the restroom building at Creekside Park and the Ice Arena are the only municipal facilities that currently have solar panels installed.
"It's a list of sites we'd like assessed," Poulson said.
City Hall obtained $25,000 in funding through a federal grant administered by a state program for the research. Poulson said he wants the firm selected to finish its report by June 15. Poulson said it is unclear how much it would cost to install solar power systems at the sites. The system at the Marsac Building, consisting of 80 panels, cost $109,000 in 2010, he said. Funding for the Marsac Building solar panels was provided through grant money.
Poulson said City Hall expects to lower its electricity bills by generating the solar energy in the buildings, maintaining that the systems would be a cost-saving measure.
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