San Juan County completes first solar project

Posted July 19, 2022 at 11:48 am by

The Coun­ty sends along news about their fair­grounds solar project.

San Juan Coun­ty is proud to announce the com­ple­tion of its first solar project. The pub­lic is invit­ed to join Coun­ty offi­cials and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers in a cel­e­bra­tion event on Fri­day, July 22 at noon at the fair­grounds. Atten­dees will learn about the solar project as well as oth­er excit­ing infra­struc­ture projects hap­pen­ing at the fair­grounds over the next year.

Two 105 x 41-foot mul­ti-grid solar sys­tems are now soak­ing up the sun atop the San Juan Coun­ty Fair­grounds Main Exhibitors Build­ing. Over their esti­mat­ed 30-year lifes­pan, these pan­els are pro­ject­ed to pro­duce over 4.5 mil­lion kilo­watt hours (kWh) of ener­gy and save the coun­ty over $700,000 in util­i­ty costs. 

In the first year, the pan­els will gen­er­ate more than dou­ble the annu­al usage of the fair­ground’s facil­i­ties – rough­ly 158,000 kWh. This ener­gy sav­ings is rough­ly equiv­a­lent to off­set­ting CO2 emis­sions from 13 homes or charg­ing 8,314,263 smart­phones, accord­ing to the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Green­house Gas Equiv­a­len­cies Calculator. 

This project show­cas­es the County’s long-term invest­ment in renew­able ener­gy. After con­duct­ing a solar assess­ment in 2019, the Coun­ty began ded­i­cat­ing funds for solar projects and the pan­els at the fair­grounds, which cost about $310,000.

“This stew­ard­ship of pub­lic funds indi­cates the Council’s invest­ment in green ener­gy,” said coun­cil­woman Chris­tine Min­ney, Dis­trict 1. “I’m excit­ed to see this project lead the way for future renew­able ener­gy work.” 

San Juan Coun­ty is proud to sup­port local busi­ness and strength­en local part­ner­ships when work­ing towards green ener­gy goals. 

“This is a great exam­ple of a suc­cess­ful pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship,” said San Juan Coun­ty Facil­i­ties Direc­tor Greg Sawyer. “The Coun­ty, school dis­trict, and OPALCO all worked togeth­er to make this project possible.”

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One comment...

  1. This devel­op­ment is so inspir­ing. It did­n’t hap­pen overnight but it is the right thing at the right time. After a 2 year hia­tus we have an in per­son Coun­ty Fair to see one anoth­er again in fun. I hear that the Coun­ty is also try­ing hard to change direc­tions and make it eas­i­er for recy­cling and waste reduc­tion at the Fair Grounds. Let’s all pitch in. What bet­ter venue or event to mod­el for­ward think­ing behav­iours that empha­size Island resiliency!

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on July 19, 2022 at 11:56 am

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