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The City of Loveland has entered a contract with Melink Solar & Geo to install solar panels on the new Public Works Office/Garage Building. This will be the city’s first solar energy project.
“The idea of adding solar panels to the new building to offset future electric costs was intriguing to City Council and staff,” said David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager. “Besides the obvious electric cost savings, it was agreed that the new Public Works building would be an ideal location for the city’s first venture into solar-powered public facilities.”
Melink Solar & Geo will install 40 panels, totaling 16,000 watts, on the rear roof pitch of the new building. The panels will have an estimated life of more than 30 years. Additionally, the project includes an inverter that will convert the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity.
With this system, an estimated 85% of the new building’s annual electrical power needs will be supplied.
“This project demonstrates the city’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and will serve as a guide for future potential use of solar on city owned buildings and infrastructure,” explained Kennedy.
The city began the bid procurement process in May 2021. A total of two bids were received, with Melink submitting the most competitive cost-per-watt proposal. The project total is $42,000. Bond financing has been secured to fund the new building.
The new building will be located at the current Public Works complex, 10980 Loveland-Madeira Road, just northwest of the site’s current office building. The project will include approximately 2,400 square feet of office space and 3,800 square feet of garage space, replacing the current building that houses offices for the Public Works Director and City Engineer. The city entered a contract with DER Development in April 2021 for the construction of the new facility at a cost of $1,303,612.
Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2021. Solar panels will be installed after the roof is completed. Once constructed, the old Public Works building will be razed, and the parking lot will be resurfaced.
For more information about this project, please contact City Engineer Cindy Klopfenstein at (513) 683-0150.