Basalt’s public works shop going solar |

Basalt’s public works shop going solar

BASALT ” Basalt officials have seen the light.

The town will install a 10.26 solar photovoltaic system at its public works shop on Fiou Lane. The contract for the installation of solar panels will be awarded to a Carbondale company called InPower.

The winning bid came in at nearly $62,000, but a rebate from Holy Cross Energy of $2 per watt will knock the price down $20,000, and a rebate from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency will knock off another $6,000. And the Aspen Skiing Co. Employees Environment Foundation provided $4,000 for the project. The rebates and grant will reduce the town’s cost to $32,000, according to public works director Bentley Henderson.

The system will produce more kilowatt hours of electricity than the public works shop uses in a year. However, since the timing of the usage and the production of the solar electric system won’t always be synchronized, the town still might pay for power use, Henderson noted.

The project was suggested by the town’s Green Team, a committee of town residents and government workers who pursue environmentally friendly projects.

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