City takes consideration for solar power to a new level

NORWICH – City of Norwich officials are taking a step forward in exploring the possibility of using solar technology to help power municipal buildings throughout the city.

While not entered into any official agreement, the Norwich Common Council recently passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Joseph Maiurano to begin negotiations with SolarCity, an energy service provider specializing in solar power technologies. SolarCity was the low bidder on a Request for Proposal (RFP) sent out by the city back in May to design, build, finance, and provide a solar system to be utilized by the City of Norwich.

The resolution further allows the mayor to chase after grant funds offered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA incentives would help offset costs of constructing a solar site and contracting with a private solar industry, such as SolarCity.

“This is a project that started as a way to figure out how to save money on electricity. It’s one of many things we’re looking at to cut expenses,” said Maiurano, adding that the city can start looking at some of the finer details of a possible agreement after a solar site is established. “As things materialize, then we can know if we're headed in a better direction.”

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