City of Naperville Receives DCEO Grant for Solar Project
Photovoltaic system to be installed at the Public Works Service Center
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City of Naperville received a $100,000 grant from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to install a photovoltaic system atop the City’s LEED-certified Department of Public Works Service Center at 180 Fort Hill Drive.
“The State is making a great investment by awarding Naperville grant funds to add more solar installations to our City,” Mayor Steve Chirico said. “We continue to focus on environmental sustainability, including reducing barriers to solar energy growth for our residents and businesses and our most recent SolSmart Silver designation.”
The grant will help to support the design, planning, scheduling, permitting and construction of a fixed tilt axis solar project that will produce a minimum of 63,500 kilowatt hours per year. The solar array will help offset the energy costs of the 213,000-square-foot building and will be integrated into existing City software for display and analysis of historical and live solar electricity generation data on the City’s website. The building houses the nationally accredited Public Works Department.
After the solar array is constructed this fall, tours and project information will be provided to anyone interested in learning about or installing solar photovoltaic arrays. Informational display boards about solar energy will be installed at the building as an educational tool and the site will be used to promote all the renewable energy programs available to residents and businesses throughout the city.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.