The Dubuque City Council recently approved agreements with Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque for the installation of rooftop solar arrays on five of the City’s six fire stations. The project is expected to reduce electricity costs at the stations by more than 30%.
The contract award follows a request for proposal process, which generated responses from five firms. The City Council unanimously approved a power purchase agreement and a collateral assignment agreement with Eagle Point Solar for the installation of rooftop solar arrays on the Fire Department Headquarters at 11 W. Ninth St., Station 2 at 2180 John F. Kennedy Rd., Station 3 at 3155 Central Ave., Station 4 at 1697 University Ave., and Station 5 at 689 S. Grandview Ave.
Once installed, the arrays are expected to permanently reduce the City’s cost of each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity utilized in the five fire stations by more than 30%. Specifically, the terms of the contract include a $0.085/kWh initial rate with a 3% inflation rate. This compares with the current aggregate Alliant Energy rate for the fire facilities of $0.116/kWh. The only upfront funding required for this project from the City is for equipment upgrades to allow Internet connectivity for the solar arrays, not to exceed $1,500.
The percentage of electricity use offset and carbon dioxide offset at each station varies, due to available roof space and usage at that site.
According to Eagle Point Solar, the combination of the five solar arrays, over their lifetime, will offset the equivalent of: planting 87,141 trees, the reduction of 7.48 million automobile miles driven (or 381,480 gallons of gasoline), recycling 11,818 tons of waste rather than landfilling it, displacing carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of 425 homes, or 1,822 tons of coal burned.
Installation has begun and will be completed in late February, weather permitting.