There were a few hiccups along the way but the installation of the Oakdale City Council-approved solar panels for The Plunge almost a year ago as an energy-saving measure were completed this week. The panels are projected to save the city an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 over the lifetime of the project.
So while some might have seen the panels and pinned their hopes on the idea of gaining a heated pool, this upgrade is simply an energy-saving and fiscally-responsible one.
“Our pumps run 24/7 so this is an effort to reduce our electrical bills,” Albert Avila, Oakdale City Finance Director explained. “It took some time to get the fabrication done but we’re finally finished.”
The $51,461 green project was awarded to First Light Energy to install solar panels above the pool equipment area, which would not only create a savings in overall energy costs but would also protect the pool equipment area from UV damage.
With the projected savings, the solar panels should pay for themselves in eight years, officials said.