BLUFFDALE, Utah — Today Bluffdale City celebrated the sun. Now over 50 percent of the energy used by the city’s two fire stations and city hall is powered by a newly-completed Blue Sky solar project.
Made possible by a $281,826 grant from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers, the project’s 500 solar panels are expected to save the city $20,000 per year in energy costs.
“Blue Sky enabled us to install these panels and achieve our goal of moving toward renewable power, while also saving money in energy costs,” said Derk Timothy, Bluffdale mayor. “Because solar energy has very little to no maintenance cost, the city will benefit for years to come.”
The project includes solar arrays on Bluffdale City Hall and Fire Station 91 and 92 and has the equivalent emissions reductions impact as taking 36 vehicles off the road.
“We are excited to be a part of a program that helps preserve the environment and conserve resources for future generations,” said Bluffdale City Manager Mark Reid. “We appreciate Blue Sky customers for helping to make this happen.”
This marks the Blue Sky program’s 150th project since 2006.
Blue Sky customers voluntarily support wind and solar energy generation in the region, and the program has provided more than $10 million in funding to community-based renewable energy projects. More information about the Blue Sky program is available at www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.