City of Lander launches renewable energy project

(h/t Lander Senior Center via Facebook)

(Lander, WY) – The Lander Senior Center will soon generate some of its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program participants.

The money will support the installation of 65 solar panels and an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station for Senior transportation vehicles. The project also includes a public dual Electric Vehicle charging station on-site that will be available to locals and visitors alike.

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The award of $64,360 will cover 80% of the installation cost of the total estimated $80,445 project costs. The Senior Foundation with funding assistance from the LOR Foundation will cover the 20% match funds.

The City of Lander joins more than 190 organizations across Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that, since 2006, have received awards for community-based renewable projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. This project is one of a dozen selected this year through a competitive evaluation process.

“We are thrilled that we were selected for this award and so grateful to Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky participants who made it possible,” said Jane Nolde, Director of the Lander Senior Center.

“This renewable solar project is not only a win for the environment but for the local community because it reduces the taxpayers’ dollars spent to maintain the facility. By generating our own electricity, we’ll save on energy costs — and that means we can dedicate more of our budget to our core mission “To serve as an effective and visible advocate for older individuals as well as assist older citizens to remain independent and enjoy a healthier lifestyle and social interaction.”

Blue Sky is an opt-in program that gives Rocky Mountain Power customers an option to match all or part of their energy use with renewable energy — reducing their carbon footprints and driving demand for new renewable energy in the West. Through the Blue Sky Block option, participants also support qualifying, renewable energy projects for community-serving organizations such as schools, community centers and arts organizations.

“For 20 years, the Blue Sky program has offered Rocky Mountain Power customers a simple and powerful way to live their values, reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energy,” said Mike Morrisey, Regional Business Manager at Rocky Mountain Power. “Unlike most green power programs, Blue Sky goes beyond the purchase of renewable energy credits to help fund additional smaller energy projects for organizations in our communities. Through projects such as this, Blue Sky participants are powering a better future for local communities.”

Construction on Lander Senior Center Solar array and EV charging station will begin late this year. It is expected to begin generating power in April or May 2022.

For more information on Blue Sky opportunities, click here.

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