Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant could install solar project
HAMILTON, Mont. —
Hamilton's City Council will review a proposal to install a $114,000 solar project at the wastewater treatment plant west of town.
Public Works director Donny Ramer will ask the council to approve putting the project out to bid.
NorthWestern Energy awarded the city a $60,000 grant through its Energy Efficient Plus Renewable Energy Program. The program is established with Universal System Benefits Program funds collected from all NorthWestern Electric customers in Montana.
The city must match 48 percent of the project costs.
The panels would be installed on the roof of the compost building.
The wastewater treatment plant is one of the city's largest power demands.
"It will reduce our electricity costs about $5,000 or $6,000 a year here at the plant," said Ramer, "which is a direct benefit to all the wastewater users in the city."
Ramer said the panels would reduce operating costs to help minimize sewer rate increases.
He said the city's investment would pay for itself in nine or 10 years.
If approved the system would be installed this fall.