Local Businesses and Residents Invest In Solar Energy

7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, December 08 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:36:48 PM CST December 08, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - Columbia Water & Light has made more spots available for residents to purchase solar energy and help the city go green.

Water & Light started planning the Solar One project two years ago. A year ago it sent out proposals asking businesses to start participating. On Tuesday, Water & Light opened up more spots online for residents to purchase Solar One energy.

Water & Light spokeswoman, Connie Kacprowicz, said the city started the project to develop solar energy in Columbia. She said it will really pay off in the future. In addition, she said if something happens to the local grid it will be a great source of energy.

"We're not buying renewable energy credits, we're not buying wind from somewhere else, we're developing something right here in Columbia, Mo. and I think that's the most exciting part about it," Kacprowicz said.

The way the project works is local businesses make proposals to Water & Light. Water & Light goes through the proposals and finds the best deals. It then installs the solar panels on the businesses rooftops. The solar energy from the panels goes directly into the grid and then everyone in Columbia benefits from the energy.

Residents in Columbia who are electric customers of Water & Light can be subscribers. These subscribers help pay the extra cost of the energy. This is in addition to their utility bills each month. These subscribers are typically those who believe solar energy will be good for the future.

Since the cost of the new solar projects went down, the city council approved lowering the cost of Solar One blocks of energy. It went down from $4 to $3.35 for a 100 kilowatt hour block of energy. Subscribers can purchase up to nine blocks of Solar One energy. 

To sign up for solar energy blocks or to learn more about the Solar One program, click on the links on the side.

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