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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:


http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=151328
http://www.rochellenews-leader.com/v2_news_articles.php?page=72&story_id=12550
http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Solar-Plant-Opens-in-Rochelle-281981961.html
http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2014/11/11/build-a-solar-power-plant-to-help-run-a-water-treatment-plant/
http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext-news/d/story/sunny-days-ahead-rochelle-opens-solar-power-plant/17583/5OmAxU4CNUm9fa88gzFKyg

Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00

RMU Announces Solar Plant Completion

IMG 0471Rochelle Municipal Utilities is pleased to announce the completion of the 312kW Photovoltaic Solar Plant, located at the Water Treatment Facility in Rochelle.

In the Spring of 2014, RMU was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to fund construction of the Solar Plant. ICECF provides grants for up to $2/watt or 60% of the system and its installation costs, whichever is less. As a result of the competitive bidding process, Eagle Point Solar was awarded the project.

"Rochelle's 312 kW Solar Photovoltaic plant is one of the larger Public Power Utility owned plants in Illinois. This plant will provide renewable energy to the water treatment plant" stated Business & Financial Analyst Dan Westin. "Treatment plants require a lot of energy to make clean water. Rochelle will continue to explore financially sound projects in the area of renewable energy."

As a result of this project, Rochelle Municipal Utilities has been selected as a recipient of this year's Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo's "Leadership by Example" award. This recognition is meant to highlight area individuals, businesses, organizations, and Municipalities that have implemented renewable energy projects and practices in Transportation, Utility Scale Generation, Building Integration and Controls Technologies, Green Roofs, Large and Small Scale Solar, PV and Solar Heating/Cooling, Wind, Manufacturing, Waste to Energy and Recycling or Repurposing and more.

Educational tours of the plant are available by calling RMU at 562-4155.

To view the plant's output click here.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

RMU Warns Customers of Phone Scam

RMU is warning customers about a possible telephone scam. The phone calls appear to be part of a scam designed to obtain personal information and/or money from customers. The calls are not authorized by RMU.

In the reported instances, customers are told they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to the caller or face disconnection of their electric service.

RMU is urging customers not to respond to these fake calls. Customers who have received such calls can report them to the Attorney General Office's Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438 or the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

RMU wants to warn customers to be aware of these calls and suggests the following tips if such a call is received:

• Never reveal your credit card and/or bank information to anyone unless you are certain the contact is legitimate. Know who you are dealing with.
• If the caller insists you complete a transaction, hang up immediately. RMU representatives do not conduct business in this manner.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

RMU Donates Solar Demo to RTHS

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is pleased to announce the donation of a Solar technology demonstration unit to the Rochelle Township high School (RTHS).

Rochelle Municipal Utility has had a long standing relationship with educational institutions and has provided safety seminars as well as energy savings seminars to the schools in its service area.

The demonstration unit is a standalone solar panel complete with battery storage and an inverter for immediate use for applications in science education.

The unit will be handed over at the Solar Plant Event at the Rochelle Treatment Plant November 7th after the event program at 11 am.

Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

RMU Warns Customers of Phone Scam

RMU is warning customers about a possible telephone scam. The phone calls appear to be part of a scam designed to obtain personal information and/or money from customers. The calls are not authorized by RMU.

In the reported instances, customers are told they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to the caller or face disconnection of their electric service.

RMU is urging customers not to respond to these fake calls. Customers who have received such calls can report them to the Attorney General Office's Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438 or the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

RMU wants to warn customers to be aware of these calls and suggests the following tips if such a call is received:

• Never reveal your credit card and/or bank information to anyone unless you are certain the contact is legitimate. Know who you are dealing with.
• If the caller insists you complete a transaction, hang up immediately. RMU representatives do not conduct business in this manner.

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

RMU Solar Plant Progress

Check out the time-lapse video here:

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Rochelle Municipal Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans.

"Public Power Week celebrates Rochelle Municipal Utilities, reliable, affordable electricity for our community," said Joe Orlikowski, Electric Superintendent. Public power puts the people of Rochelle first. Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens," said Orlikowski.
"Our service is reliable and safe because of the pride public power takes in Rochelle and serving our friends and neighbors," said Orlikowski. "RMU is proud to have served Rochelle for over 115 years."
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Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 47 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. More at www.PublicPower.org.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

RMU Receives Renewable Energy Award

Rochelle Municipal Utilities has been selected as a recipient of this year's Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo's "Leadership by Example" award. This recognition is meant to highlight area individuals, businesses, organizations, and Municipalities that have implemented renewable energy projects and practices in Transportation, Utility Scale Generation, Building Integration and Controls Technologies, Green Roofs, Large and Small Scale Solar, PV and Solar Heating/Cooling, Wind, Manufacturing, Waste to Energy and Recycling or Repurposing and more.

RMU is receiving the Renewable Energy Urban Initiative Award as a result of investments in solar and bio-gas energy solutions. Construction is underway on a 313KW Photovoltaic Solar Plant located at the water treatment facility. The City of Rochelle received a $500,000 grant from ICECF to fund the project

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Electrical Project Status Update

The Rochelle Municipal Utilities 5kv conversion underground electrical project is underway. Residents have likely noticed our contractor, Utility Dynamics with equipment and construction in utility easements throughout back yards over the past several weeks and work will continue as weather permits in the coming months.

The 5kv project is a five-phase project with one phase slated to be completed each year, as funding permits. Phase 1 is underway now in the North and West sections of Rochelle including the following streets:

-Carrie Avenue
-North 14th Street
-Sunset Terrace
-Highland Avenue
-Scott Avenue
-Joanne Lane
-Tilton Park Drive
-1000-1100 blocks of North 7th Street

Residents are asked to leave any flag markers in their yard until work is completed. Missing flags will result in additional location services and an increase in project time and cost. Please keep children and animals away from any construction equipment.

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