City of Bryan starting solar installation 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

The City of Bryan broke ground Tuesday for a 2-megawatt solar array costing $7.42 million. The system will be among the first solar arrays in Ohio to supply power to a municipality.

 Key Government Finance will lease the solar array to the city of Bryan, which will have the option to extend the lease or purchase the system after the initial 10-year lease term expires.

 The project will create about 60 construction jobs and will sustain another 300 manufacturing jobs in Ohio. The solar array will be complete in February 2012.

 The solar array is expected to produce 2.666 megawatts per year for the Bryan Municipal electrical infrastructure, representing 1.0 percent of the power required by the city and reducing the peak load demand for the city. The solar array is considered a long-term asset for the City of Bryan, providing some power at a stable rate that is independent of other sources.

First Solar, of Perrysburg, will supply the 24,000 solar modules. Nextronex, of Toledo, will manufacture the inverters and API, Inc., of Ridgeville Corners, will provide the racks for the modules.

The array will be built on 12 acres of a well field owned by the City of Bryan. City officials plan to use the property as a future water supply as well as a power source. 

Unique features of the project include:

• The system will use the “distributed architecture” approach, in which all inverters are linked to track at maximum efficiency and extend the life of the equipment.

• The solar array will use thin-firm Cadmium/Telluride modules that produce more electricity and allow energy to be harvested for longer periods during daylight hours.

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