(Riverton, WY) – The new solar panel array installed on the Riverton Senior Center was celebrated today, November 17th by center staff, community members, city officials, and the Blue Sky Program.
This renewable energy project was made possible by community donations, the center’s endowment, and a $36,195 grant from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program.
“This new solar system is just really a smart choice,” Mayor Gard shared during the celebration.
Gard along with Senior Center Director Lori Weber highlighted the efforts and shared appreciation to those who helped make this possible including Frank Bach, City of Riverton Finance Director Mia Harris, and the many individuals and businesses who donated.
Another big thank you was to the Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Program and their generous grant that covered 60% of the cost.
Representing the Blue Sky Program today was Manager Stacey Davis.
“Our application process is not easy,” she said. “So not everybody that applies for a grant gets a grant and you know, Riverton Senior Center is a great place for the community. We want to be here to help the community and so they were selected to have this Blue Sky grant.”
The 44 panel, 24.84 kW DC roof mount structures will yield about 34,000 kilowatt-hours in energy savings per year which translates into about 20% of the center’s energy.
“While the total amount of renewable energy produced by this system is small relative to the annual usage of the Senior Center, it is a step forward in solving the environmental issues we face today and into the future,” according to the Blue Sky Program.