Brightening the City’s image as Arizona’s premiere solar city, the Surprise City Council approved a new high profile project: Photovoltaic Solar Panels at City Hall.
7,500 square feet of solar panels will be added to the top level of the City Hall parking garage in early 2011, producing roughly 95kWh of power on an annual basis when they become operational in March.
They are poised to produce even more, says Surprise Public Works Director Bob Beckley. “Initially, the solar power produced will power the garage’s energy needs, such as its evening lighting,” Beckley says. “In the long run, the city is optimistic we can generate additional power using solar means.
Interested residents can even follow along on line, Beckley says. “We will be able to show energy generation and usage via our city web site,” he adds.
The Council unanimously approved the Wietz Company as the contractor on the project. The company has a history of working with APS on renewable energy projects, and will maximize all available renewable energy rebates or incentives as part of the project.
The panels are funded through an $812,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.
The approval comes just a month after Surprise announced that Rioglass Solar will locates its U.S. headquarters in Surprise, creating more than 100 new jobs at a $50 million manufacturing facility where glass solar collectors will be fabricated.