Organizations with significant land holdings and large reliable power consumption can benefit greatly from solar energy, either with self-generation or power purchase agreements (PPAs). These benefits often extend to major pipelines, distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.
The energy expenses of a water or wastewater utility can be astronomical – far more than the cost of water treatment or other essential functions. California Water and Wastewater Special Districts alone spend more than $11 billion per year on electricity.
Whether a utility chooses to pursue a PPA relationship or install its own solar facility, comprehensive knowledge and documented experience in designing and building solar generation systems is essential to success. Selecting a partner with long-term stability to support operations and maintenance will ensure that your water utility will operate for decades to come.
To learn more about how solar can benefit water utilities, or to get more information on choosing the best energy partner for your facility, download our free guide to solar for water utilities.