Winchester's first solar array installed at town wastewater plant

Jun. 9—WINCHESTER — The town's first solar array has been installed at the Winchester Wastewater Treatment Plant, officials announced Wednesday.

The 297-kilowatt array — installed by Brentwood-based ReVision Energy — is estimated to produce nearly 390,000 kilowatt-hours of solar electricity annually, according to a news release from ReVision Energy.

The release notes this is equivalent to offsetting more than 381,000 pounds of carbon each year, about the same amount of carbon that would be sequestered if 2,682 trees were planted.

The project was financed through a power purchase agreement, the release says, which means there was no upfront cost to the town. The costs were provided by an impact investor and, after five years, the town will have the option to purchase the array.

Between now and year five, the estimated savings for the town is about $18,500, according to the release.

"Our goal is to look at other opportunities for solar in Winchester and how solar could benefit the Town as a whole," Town Administrator Karey Miner said in the release.

Winchester is celebrating the new installation at a ribbon cutting Monday at 2 p.m. at 64 Duso Road. The public is welcome to attend.

Olivia Belanger can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or Follow her on Twitter @OBelangerKS.