Five city of Valparaiso facilities now have solar panels — 100 of them on the roof of city hall.
The city said the panels are expected to provide an estimated savings of $5.2 million over the life of the panels.
“We have had our sights on solar for years,” said Valparaiso City Services Director Steve Poulos in a press release. “Now that wattage for solar panels has increased over time, and prices have stabilized, solar makes financial and environmental sense for the city.”
The city also installed panels on its three treatment plants and the city services building.
Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy said, even though city hall is 100 years old, it is now powered by the latest technology. Plus the panels can't be seen from the ground of the historic building.
“Utility costs have long been some of the city of Valparaiso’s largest expenses, so we’re very pleased to find ways of offsetting these costs,” Murphy said.
Caption: The city of Valparaiso cut the ribbon on its solar project, which includes 772 solar panels on five of its facilities. (Provided by Valparaiso Now)