The solar array will provide 100% of the wastewater treatment plant's energy
On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, the town of Kersey, Colo., will host a ribbon cutting event for a new solar array which provides 100% of the annual energy of their modern sequential batch reactor wastewater treatment plant. The project is the result of cooperation between the developer/builder Bella Energy, the town of Kersey, and the Atmosphere Conservancy, who introduced a third-party financier enabling the town to benefit from zero capital outlay and immediate cost savings.
Through a 20-year solar services agreement, Kersey will host the 143-kW array (Bella's 13th water treatment solar installation) and purchase the solar energy from Kersey Renewable Energy LLC, the owner operator of the system. This allows Kersey to receive all of its annual energy needs for the plant at about 16% less cost than they were paying before from the grid.
After more than two years in development, Bella's coordination between the parties allowed the installation to be complete within one month of breaking ground.