Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) is pleased to announce that it has a solar powered meter station located at 3900 Scottwood Drive in Green Bay. GBMSD installed two solar panel tracking units capable of producing about 10,000 kWh annually. A $29,150 grant from Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) was used to help pay for the solar panels.
Each tracking unit measures 13' - 4" by 16' -8" and 4" - 0" above grade. The solar power operates a small building with equipment and pumps to measure how much wastewater flows through a given area. Any excess power produced is sold to WPS.
"Although the project is a small step towards energy independence, it is the right step for a business that uses a significant amount of electricity to turn dirty water into clean water for the protection of public health and the environment" said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director.
GBMSD is a municipal corporation directed by a five member Commission. It is a wholesaler of wastewater treatment services for 17 municipalities and the Proctor & Gamble Paper Products Company. GBMSD provides service to approximately 217,000 residents in a 285 square mile area. Municipalities served by GBMSD include: the Cities of De Pere and Green Bay; the Villages of Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, Hobart, Howard, Luxemburg, Pulaski, and Suamico; Towns of Green Bay, Humboldt, Lawrence, Ledgeview, Pittsfield, Red River, and Scott.