Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department’s Station 91 is saving energy dollars, as a result of a 25.5 KW rooftop solar project funded by Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Renewable Energy Program and the Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation, a private non-profit foundation.
“The solar panels are expected to provide 90-95% of the energy used at the station,” said Darrell Raburn, Fire Chief. “Our main source of income is from property taxes, which has declined about 47% since 2009. The solar project will help greatly with our expenses for electricity and we appreciate the generosity of MEC and Mrs. Rallapalli,” Raburn said.
“For Mohave Electric, as a locally-based utility, helping the community is an important commitment,”said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric CEO. “When we submit our renewable energy plan to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) each year, we look for projects that help lower the operating costs of schools, fire stations, and government buildings, all of which operate primarily from collected taxes. Reducing the operating costs for such essential services benefits our members as taxpayers,” Carlson explained.
This project marks the third solar facility that has been funded by MEC’s program together with donations from Krishna and Philine Rallapalli of Bullhead City, administrators of Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation. Earlier joint projects were at the Boys and Girls Club in 2010 and Mohave Community College in 2011.
Since 2009 MEC’s Community Renewable Energy Program has provided funding for 24 solar projects with eight additional projects planned, as approved by the ACC. Most of the funding for the projects comes from the Renewable Energy Standard Tariff (REST), a surcharge on members bills that is mandated by the ACC. In 2010 the Co-op also facilitated a federal stimulus grant (ARRA) of $323,000 on behalf of 15 area schools, the City of Bullhead City, and Mohave Community College.
(Left to right) Darrell Rayburn, Fire Chief, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department; Scott Seabury, Principal Architect, Seabury Fritz Architects; Michael Bartelt, MEC Director, District 3; Philippine Rallapalli, Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation; John B. Nelssen, MEC Director, District 1; Carlos Tejeda, MEC Director, District 2; and Glenn E. Roehl, President, Sunquest Solar. Photo credit: MEC/Peggy Gillman
Photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department’s station are saving energy dollars thanks to funding from MEC’s Renewable Energy Program and Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation. Photo credit: Sunquest Solar