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Solar Energy at Work for Broomfield
Sunshine iconIn an effort to use renewable energy and reduce energy costs over the long term, Broomfield’s Capital ImprovementSolar panels by Police building 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 are taking place 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.


Facility


Address

Approximate % Power Offset


Year Installed


Solar Provider

Police/Courts

17 DesCombes Drive

10%

2008

Sun Edison

Norman Smith Service Center

3001 W. 124thAvenue

17%

2008

Sun Edison

Paul Derda Recreation Center

13201 Lowell Boulevard

5.5%

2008

Sun Edison

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library

3 Community Park Road

20%

2010

Lighthouse Solar

City & County Building

1 DesCombes Drive

5%

2010

Lighthouse Solar

Great Western Reservoir Reuse Water Treatment Plant

12400 W. 112th Avenue

36%

2010

Lighthouse Solar

Waste Water Treatment Plant

2985 W. 124th Avenue

1.4%

2011

Lighthouse Solar

Police Training and Detention Facility

11600 Ridge Parkway

15%

2011

Sun Edison/
Bella Energy

Willow Run Sewer Lift Station

2850 Big Dry Creek Drive

100%

2011

Sun Edison/
Bella Energy