BPU Installs Solar Array on Power Plant Rooftops

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Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Solar Liberty recently completed installation of a 60kW solar array comprised of 164 panels, distributed over three roofs of the Samuel A. Carlson Power Plant on Steele Street in the City of Jamestown.

The project is expected to supply up to twelve percent of the power plant’s internal energy needs when the facility is not generating, depending on factors such as time of day and weather. When the gas turbine is working to provide electricity, the array can supply up to about five percent of the plant’s energy needs.

The solar panels are expected to provide enough electricity each year, equivalent to the needs of seven homes. The installation of the array improves the economics for the power plant’s compliance with environmental regulations.