The City of Wilmington’s fleet and engineering buildings, located in the Operations Center on River Road, were featured as a stop on the Cape Fear Solar Systems’ sponsored National Solar Tour on Oct. 5. Click here to see more information about the tour.
The city’s fleet building has saved an average of 50 percent per month on its power bill since the solar panels were installed in early 2012. In 2011, the monthly power bill averaged about $1,300, and in 2012, after the installation of the solar panels, the average dropped to about $700 per month.
The city estimates a combined savings of $24,500 on power bills for both buildings since the panels were installed less than two years ago. In 2013, the solar panels produced an average of more than 12,000 kWh of energy per month for both buildings – enough to power a typical residential home for an entire year. The 245,000 kWh of energy saved is equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 36 passenger vehicles or consuming 19,000 gallons of gasoline.
Click here to see how much energy the two city facilities are saving.
Read about other "green" initiatives at the City of Wilmington.