Township Approves Agreement for Installation of Innovative Floating Solar Panel System at Water Plant

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Plainfield Township Board members approved entering into an agreement to have a floating solar panel system installed by White Pine Renewables on the Water Plant property that could save the Township up to $2 million over the next three decades.

The Board approved the agreement during its Nov. 8 meeting. According to the company, the floating solar panel system will be the first of its kind in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. White Pine Renewables has completed installations across the U.S., including other solar projects in Michigan.

Under the agreement, White Pine Renewables will install and operate the solar panel system at its own expense and the Township will purchase electricity over the next 35 years at a reduced cost compared to its current electricity provider.

The Water Plant is the highest electricity user of all Township buildings. Once fully operational, nearly 37% of the Water Plant’s electricity is projected to come from the solar panel system.

During its first full year of operation, the system is estimated to produce more than 870,000 kilowatt-hour of solar energy – or the amount of electricity used by 112 homes annually.

The system is expected to be installed and in operation by the end of 2022 or early 2023, depending on when White Pine Renewables obtains the proper permits from the state.

For more information on this agreement, click here.