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Rochelle's 312 kW Solar Photovoltaic Plant with 1240 panels is currently producing approximately 800 kwH per day. It covers 220 kW of the Water Treatment Plant's summer peak of 420 kW, about 45 % of summer months requirements in kwh's. The plant is 60% funded by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and was completed in less than six months from the time of the grant award.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is unique in that it includes the grid capacity cost savings and the solar energy credits marketing in the Pennsylvania market into the business case. The payback period is 4.2 years. With the useful life of the plant being approximately 20 years, 15 years of free solar energy will result in a reduction the cost of producing clean water. The City of Galena & Rockford Water Departments are also utilizing Solar power. All components of the Plant were manufactured in the United States.

Our treatment plant operates mainly day hours, where Solar energy offsets the peak energy requirements of the Plant. This plant is strategically placed in a floodplain area which otherwise would not be used. Solar Photovoltaic plants work best in cool weather as the electrons can pick up the suns energy better than when it is hot.

To view the Solar Plant's energy production, click here.

RMU Solar in the News:

Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes. The current economic downturn has inspired more homeowners to tackle do-it-yourself projects than ever before. Faced with declining home values and aging properties, homeowners may choose not to pay for the services of a licensed electrician.

However, most do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform home electrical work, increasing the risk of immediate injuries and electrocutions and potentially introducing new dangers into the home. Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care, and cutting corners can be a costly mistake.

Electricity has become such a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes each year.

Energy efficiency and conservation go a long way toward preserving our planet's rich natural resources and promoting a healthy environment. It can also save you a significant amount of money.

Water conservation is something we all should practice. Except for the air we breathe, water is the single most important element in our lives. It's too precious to waste. Here are some useful facts and simple suggestions that will help you understand more about water. They'll help you save hundreds, even thousands, of gallons per month without any great inconvenience.