Solar Energy at Work for Broomfield
|In an effort to use renewable energy and reduce energy costs over the long term, Broomfield’s Capital Improvement Projects division has implemented nine solar power installations.
Solar panels were installed at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, the City and County Building, and the Great Western Reservoir Reuse Water Treatment Plant in 2010. Installations at the Police and Combined Courts Facility, the Paul Derda Recreation Center, and the Norman Smith Service Center took place in 2008. The most recent installations were at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Police Training and Detention Facility, and the Willow Run Sewer Lift Station.
Broomfield allows the solar power generating equipment to be installed on its facilities and buys the electricity generated from the providers. Agreements with the providers guarantee no future cost increases over the term. Based on the historical data, it is presumed that costs with the more traditional providers would continue to escalate in the future and surpass the solar rate in the first ten years of the agreements. This can potentially generate a considerable savings for Broomfield. The table below details the sites using solar power to date.