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Third Party Repairing City Solar Panels At Treatment Plant

Mayor John Hamilton

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton (Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

A private third party is taking up the task of repairing the improperly installed solar panels near the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

City officials say some mounting hardware was installed incorrectly. Workers also hit bedrock leading the manufacturer to come up with another foundation method.

Mayor John Hamilton says the agreement with Energy Systems Group calls for the city installation of panels, "and if they don’t do it right, they have to fix it."

“They put the panels in, they guarantee us a certain savings, and that’s what pays back the company over time,” Hamilton says.

He says the city increased solar energy by five adding thousands of solar panels at city pools, parks, and office roofs.

Bloomington began to fast-track $13 million worth of solar panel installations in 2017 after legislators passed a bill that reduces the value of energy that’s put back in the power grid.

The installation focused to other sites once the city realized the panels wouldn’t produce enough energy at that location to sell back to the grid.

This story has been updated.

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