Columbia Urged to Boost Use of Solar Power

6 years 7 months 6 days ago Thursday, January 02 2014 Jan 2, 2014 Thursday, January 02, 2014 11:38:46 AM CST January 02, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Columbia's Water and Light Department officials want the city to be more aggressive about using solar power.

A spokeswoman for the department, Connie Kacprowicz, says the city's energy portfolio for 2013 includes only 8 percent of all types of renewable energy. At the end of 2012, solar energy made up two-hundredths of 1 percent of that portfolio. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports renewable energy numbers for last year were not yet available.

The city has a 3 percent cap on how much the water and light department can spend on renewable energy.

The department has proposed spending $500,000 this fiscal year on a solar program that would allow customers who can't install panels on their own properties to buy solar from a centralized array.

 

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