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Sauk moves forward with solar project

Moxie Solar Inc. will install a 99.9 kilowatt solar project near the eastern corn field on Sauk's campus
Moxie Solar Inc. will install a 99.9 kilowatt solar project near the eastern corn field on Sauk's campus

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College Board is moving forward with bringing a solar project to campus.

College officials started discussing installing solar arrays in late 2017, the board approved project engineering about a year ago and gave the go-ahead earlier this year to pursue bids for the project.

The board approved a $267,117 bid Monday from Dixon-based Moxie Solar Inc. to install a 99.9 kilowatt solar project near the eastern corn field on campus, as well as a gravel foundation and a chain link fence.

Sauk President Dave Hellmich said they’re anticipating a $25,000 rebate from ComEd and a $133,225 solar renewable energy credit from the state, so the cost to the college would range from $108,892 to $135,604 on the high end to account for a 10 percent contingency.

Board member Lisa Wiersema said she was concerned about the aesthetics of the project, but it’s something they need to do.

The green-energy efficiency will be good for the college, and landscaping can be used to improve the look of the fence, Hellmich said.

Also, they will only move forward with the project if Sauk receives the rebate and energy credit.

Annual electrical cost savings are estimated to be $13,284, and the project would pay for itself in about 8 to 10 years.

“I think it’s a wonderful statement being made by Sauk,” board member Margaret Tyne said.

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