Valparaiso’s energy conservation and environmentally conscious decisions has garnered them the Indiana’s Green Project of the Year. Over the years, Valpo’s sustainable solar project has added 772 solar panels to five separate City facilities. The award recognizes Indiana’s leading project for sustainable development and has saved taxpayers more than $5.2 million in electrical costs over the life of the panels. The award comes from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) for the City’s solar power initiative.
“We’re so pleased that this sustainable solar project has gained attention statewide and beyond, but we’re even more pleased to be able to share cost savings with our community,” said Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy. “As part of our commitment to efficiency, Valparaiso City Services has had its eye on solar power for years, awaiting the day when the technology, wattage and pricing reached a point where it made good environmental sense for the City. That day is now and this project is among several that are adding sustainability and cost savings for Valparaiso,” he said.
As part of the city’s commitment to efficiency and transparency, the City of Valparaiso shares the energy data on TV screens located at City Hall so visitors can see the electrical meter harvesting solar energy in real time. Visitors may even see times when the metering will move backwards as more energy is being generated than is being used in some facilities.
“The Valparaiso solar power initiative is a perfect example of how municipal leaders can make a difference in global efforts to deliver public services more efficiently. I particularly appreciate the city’s transparency by offering real-time data, visible to anyone visiting city hall. I think this project is something other cities and towns will review to see if it can be replicated in their communities,” said Aim CEO Matt Greller. Learn more about the completed project at tinyurl.com/ValpoSolar.
Aim is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, with more than 460 cities and towns as members. Aim launched the Green Communities Initiative in 2008 to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality-of-life concepts, and ultimately serve as role models for citizens while better protecting our environment. Each year the program honors one outstanding project.
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