Comprised of nearly 4,000 photovoltaic solar panels, the BPU Community Solar Farm now allows commercial utility customers that want to use solar energy, access to this sustainable resource from one central location, making it affordable and accessible for all. The community farm concept allows commercial customers access to locally produced, sustainable solar energy. Previously, this community solar farm was only available to residential customers.
“We are pleased to now offer BPU commercial customers the option of utilizing renewable solar energy that is produced right here in Wyandotte County,” said Don Gray, General Manager of BPU. “The Community Solar Farm provides simple, affordable access to solar energy for the entire community, with participants benefiting from reduced costs on their electric bills and the knowledge that they are reducing their individual carbon footprint.”
BPU is already one of the greenest public utilities in the nation, with 45% of its power generation coming from renewable energy sources, including wind, hydropower, landfill gas, and solar.
Each of the 3,780 individual solar panels in BPU’s 1,000 KW Community Solar Farm will eliminate 12 tons of CO2. That’s the equivalent of reducing single automobile emissions of 23,500 miles, planting 278 trees, or recycling 37 tons of waste versus placing it in a landfill.
Commercial BPU customers will be able to lease from one to 500 solar panels over a multi-year period depending on the size of that commercial customer, while receiving a credit of approximately $3.20 a month for each panel on their utility bill. An initial one-time lease fee of $470.00 applies throughout the 25 year life of the farm, with the user option of selling the individual panel back to BPU if a participant moves out of the service area.
For more information on this new program, go to solarpanels.