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   Town of Holland Solar Energy Project
See how much solar energy is being produced at the Town Hall...

Current Incoming Solar Energy

Detailed solar energy charts


Solar CommitteeMinutes

Group Buy Program
Solar energy has become more efficient and more affordable!  The Town has recently partnered with Aquilla Solar, a locally owned and operated business, to offer a group buy program.  The more the merrier!

About the Town of Holland Solar Program:  

Group Buy Program

aquillasolar.com

Aquilla Solar Group Buy Program = Have a neighbor that's interested in solar, a friend, a group in your area?  With as little as two sites you can benefit from the savings of multiple installs. About one third of the cost of installing solar is labor. A typical residential install takes about 4 hours.


Energy audit information:
The first order of business is to be sure your home/business is energy efficient! 
    Background on energy audits: link
    Video (5 minutes) explaining:  https://youtu.be/H_mArTKoIN8

Solar Background:
    In September 2014, the Town Board appointed a Community Solar Committee to study the possibility of installing a solar farm on Town property. A preliminary site study suggested the area could support at least a 100kW system. The Committee met with various vendors, researched options and analyzed the different structures. The Committee also studied the many legal, financial and project design considerations and assisted in drafting a proposal. 
    In early summer 2015, a “request for proposals” went out and multiple companies provided bids to Riverland Energy in late August. At about the same time, Dairyland Energy (the parent under which Riverland operates) solicited proposals for a 1-megawatt site, which put our solar farm proposal on hold.
    Early spring 2016, the Committee decided to move forward and study other solar options. A “request for proposals” was issued and four companies provided quotes to install solar panels at the Town hall and to participate in a “bulk buying” program. On June 8, 2016, the Town Board approved the Solar Committee’s request to hire the services of H&H Solar (Madison, WI), using money from the CapX2020 Environmental Impact Fee Fund.
    On August 26, 2016, the Town's solar array went live!  The Town held an open house on September 10th and informational meetings on September 12th.  There was much interest for both residential and commercial installations.  The bulk buying program will be in effect for approximately one year.  Stay tuned for additional informational meetings!
    In January, 2017, the Town was notified that the solar group buy was on hold due to management changes at H&H Solar.  The Committee met in early spring to talk about options and will interviewed prospective solar installers.  As a result, the Town of Holland made a new partnership with Aquilla Solar (see above).  We are hoping the great interest in solar will jump-start the solar group buy program and be a "win" for everyone!
Pictures of the Town Hall installation
Xcel Solar Gardens proposed February 2016
 Presentations made to the Solar Committee
Other resources:
 
Town of Holland - newsletter survey

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