The City of Greeley announced a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility. Click here for the event agenda.
The ceremony will mark the official opening of the solar energy installation at the facility – the result of a public-private partnership that will bring renewable energy to the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility located at 300 E. 8th Street. The solar farm, spearheaded by the City of Greeley and renewable energy companies including Oak Leaf Energy Partners, Enfinity America Corporation and Intermountain Electric, is the largest in Weld County and will provide approximately 15% of the wastewater facility’s electricity needs.
Covering 3 acres of land, the 500 kilowatt installation comprises 2,016 solar panels that will generate an average of 796,350 kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year. The production of clean energy at the facility also equates to an annual reduction of 745 tons of carbon dioxide.
“The City of Greeley is always looking for ways to work more efficiently and save costs where we can. This partnership brings new technology to our community that will benefit both the environment and our residents,” said Greeley’s Mayor Tom Norton.
Oak Leaf Energy Partners served as the project’s developer, providing site planning, interconnection analysis, plus tax and financial structuring. Michael McCabe, a Partner at Oak Leaf, added “This project was a result of the leadership shown by the City of Greeley and the support provided by Xcel Energy. Oak Leaf applauds all project partners for their contributions in making this a successful project.”
Enfinity America Corporation provided project finance and also owns and operates the solar farm, selling the electricity generated by the solar facility to the City. Rafael Dobrzynski, Enfinity America Corporation CEO, commented “We are proud to be part of such a successful project – the Enfinity team is always eager to help municipalities like Greeley produce clean energy and demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship.”
Intermountain Electric, Inc., performed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the solar plant. “This project was a perfect fit for us,” said Ed Will, president of IME. “It allowed us to expand our growing portfolio of solar projects which includes the three photovoltaic projects at Denver International Airport, Alamosa and NREL and a number of recently completed projects in California. We are proud to contribute to the City of Greeley’s renewable energy effort.”