Thanks to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant funding through the Department of Energy and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), two City facilities are now generating solar-PV energy on their rooftops
A 31-kW system has been installed at the Joint Use facility, located at 3100 Communications Road. A 59-kW rooftop installation has also been completed at City Hall, at 1300 Ninth Street, which includes a solar education center in the lobby of Building A, just outside the OUC office. The City held a "Green Day Celebration" on August 1st to officially commission the two projects.
Unlike solar thermal systems, which use the sun to heat water, these Solar-PV systems actually convert sunlight to energy, helping to reduce the demand for electricity from the grid. As part of OUC's net metering program, the City will realize a 5-cent credit for every kilowatt of energy produced, whether it is used by the City, or fed back to the grid. The savings in electricity are expected to average about $2500 per month between the two installations. We say "Let the Sun Shine!"