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Bella Vista Water District secures grant for solar energy project

Published 13 October 2017

Bella Vista Water District has secured a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant from the US Bureau of Reclamation to install two solar power generation facilities near the cities of Bella Vista and Redding.

Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment to disclose potential environmental effects and solicit public comment on the proposed project, which must be completed before construction can begin.

The two PV generation facilities would provide up to 608 kilowatts of combined energy to offset much of BVWD’s operating energy costs.

BVWD’s goal is to meet approximately 80 percent of its electrical energy needs through the installation of solar voltaic generation equipment.

Through the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and protect endangered species or facilitate water markets. Reclamation provided BVWD a grant for $999,938 out of a total project cost of $2,571,782.

Source: Company Press Release