The Town of Gilbert dedicated a new solar project at the Neely Wastewater Reclamation Facility Wednesday. The facility has been highlighted nationwide for its green and sustainable infrastructure.
The town showcased its most recent solar venture at the facility, where solar panels have been erected above the five water recharge beds, during a tour last week. Guests came from as far away as Alaska to learn about the facility.
The panels are part of a public-private partnership with the town, SPG Solar, Arizona Public Service, and facility operators Severn Trent Services. The panels are expected to save the town 40 percent on utility costs, and $2 million during the 20-year term of the power purchase agreement.
John Beals, a Councilman from Centerville, Ohio, praised the dual use of the water recharge beds as the home to the energy-saving solar panels.
"I came here to see best practices of tomorrow up close, and I love the use of these basins for solar panels," he said. "Gilbert needed these basins set aside already, and this just adds so much additional value."