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By James Day, Corvallis Gazette-Times
The city of Corvallis has received a $400,000 grant from
Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program that will help pay for the construction
of a 150-kilowatt solar energy facility at the Public Works Department
near the Highway 99W overpass.
The project will provide 3.5
percent of the power the city needs for its wastewater treatment plant
and will save the city $10,000 per year, said Public Works Director Mary
“Our main reason for doing the project is to build to a stable, local energy source for the plant,” Steckel said.
solar facility will help the city move toward its goal of reducing its
2004 carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent by 2015 and by 15 percent by
The $510,000 project also includes $93,000 in funding from the Energy Trust of Oregon and $17,000 from the city.
said the city hopes to secure a contractor by July, construct the solar
array during the summer and bring the facility online by the fall.
terms of the grant, which was officially received by the Corvallis City
Council in a resolution passed Dec. 16, require the city to complete
the project by Dec. 31, 2014.
“The city’s goal is to pursue as
many of those grant-funded projects as possible to increase our use of
solar power in city facilities,” Steckel said.
The city also produces solar power at its downtown and Tunison fire stations.
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