Ameresco has received a contract to design and install a 589.7 kW, DC floating solar photovoltaic array site to power Mountain Regional Water Special Service District’s Signal Hill Water Treatment Plant in Park City, Utah.
The contract follows the district’s selection for a grant worth $400,000 from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program for the treatment plant.
The floating solar array system will be joined behind the meter with the Rocky Mountain Power utility to serve electricity directly to the treatment plant. The system is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 384 metric tons annually, equivalent to saving 43,211 gallons of gasoline per year or preventing the burning of 430,160 pounds of coal.
The array, which will be owned by the district and placed on the treatment plant’s holding pond, is expected to begin construction in June 2024 and be completed by September 2024.
While the project will offset 92% of the energy consumed from the grid and reduce the district’s energy costs by 80%, it will also produce over 887,000 kWh of solar energy annually.
"Traditional ground or rooftop solar wasn’t an option for us at this facility, but this innovative floating solar installation makes use of an untapped resource," said Chris Braun, Mountain Regional Chief Technology Officer. "This is one more piece of the puzzle for us to get to a ‘Net-Zero’ energy goal as we strive to be responsible stewards for the community and the environment."