It won’t just be Lower Providence residents wishing for more sunshine this year. After the long winter, plenty are wishing for it, but now so is the township’s board of supervisors.
The more bright days the residents can enjoy, the more solar-powered energy the township can reign in via its new units. During the April meeting of the Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors, Matt Stanger, of the Camden-based Blue Sky Power, stopped by to update the township on its progress of the solar energy project.
“Originally this was to be a status update to tell you that we were about 50 percent done,” said Stanger. “As the weather improved and the work really got started, I’m pleased to report the project is mostly completed.”
The only remaining portions of the project are for the net meter to be installed by PECO. The contractor’s work is largely finished.
“The signage is fantastic,” said Stanger. “It looks great. By building next to the park, it will have great access to the public.”
The only other remaining details included paperwork to “close out the Department of Energy grant” and some additional work on the “educational component” designed for the school district and public to use upon visits.
“It will be learning documents and a program for schools to adapt on their own,” said Stanger.
The new devices installed by the township will produce 20 kilos of DC power, or what the expert described as 23,000-kilowatt hours per year.
“That is the power two average American homes use in a year,” he said. The project overall should save an estimated $2,000 per year if power stays at current rates.
“They are likely to continue to increase,” said Stanger. With increases will come additional savings to the township.
The units, which were placed at Eskie Park, located at 524 Church Road in Eagleville, is open to the public. There is a screening near one of the barn windows, which allows visitors to the park to see the solar power project in action.
During the same supervisors’ meeting, the township’s manager, Richard Gestrich, also explained that the board must vote to approve a payment to the project’s contractor in the amount of $50,832. The original bill was $56,000, explained Gestrich, but $5,648 was held out for remaining items yet to be delivered.
Gestrich noted the swapping of PECO meters and a contractor’s maintenance bond as items that still needed to be completed before a final payout.
The board agreed to the payment to contractor Spotts Brothers Inc. in a unanimously approved vote.