Johnson Controls partners with the Town of Walden on Colorado’s first floating solar photovoltaic (PV) array
The array will help the town cut back on energy use and secure a more sustainable future, made possible through a performance contract
MILWAUKEE – (October 18, 2018) – Johnson Controls will implement Colorado’s first floating solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Town Water Treatment Facility in Walden. The array will provide a renewable and supplemental energy source to treat drinking water in the town, school district and Jackson County offices.
The array will help conserve water by limiting pond evaporation and can potentially minimize algae growth in the pond. Additionally, its capacity is approximately 75 kilowatts (kWh), which will offset a good portion of the power purchased used to treat drinking water for the town and in some months, could completely power the town’s drinking water facility.
“This is a monumental project for our town and will help to further our reputation as a leader in sustainability,” said Jim Dustin, mayor of Town of Walden. “We knew Johnson Controls was the perfect partner for this project as a prequalified energy services company through the CEO performance contract program and their extensive solar experience. This project is a testament of what can be achieved with a little bit of sun, multiple state agencies and private industries working together for one common goal – and provides a great example for other towns across the state and country to emulate.”
The project was made possible through a performance contract with Johnson Controls and supported by the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Through the contract, Walden is guaranteed energy savings and approximately 2,503,974 kWh over the next 20 years. Additional funding was secured through the Department of Local Affairs through an Energy Mineral and Impact Grant.
“The Town of Walden is setting the bar high for the state’s energy resiliency efforts,” said Rowena Adams, Performance Infrastructure™ account executive, Johnson Controls. “They are a prime example of the impact even a small town can have in being mindful of energy consumption and securing their energy future with the help of innovative solutions made possible through funding approaches like performance contracts.”
Johnson Controls worked with the non-profit organization, GRID Alternatives Colorado – a leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities – and Ciel & Terre, a floating rack manufacturer, to design, build and expedite racking delivery so the system could be commissioned by fall 2018.
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