Wauwatosa Adds Solar Panels to City Hall & Public Library

April 26, 2021 9:53 am
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Arch Electric Partners with City of Wauwatosa on Solar Installation Project

Arch Electric proudly announced today that it completed the installation of a new solar panel system for the city of Wauwatosa. Located atop the building that houses the city hall, civic center, and public library, use of the solar panels is estimated to reduce the city’s energy costs by approximately $40,000 annually. Wauwatosa is leading by example as it works to become more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economically practical.

Arch has worked with a dozen municipalities in the state on solar energy solutions that cut costs and position them for long-term success.

This project is an expansion of Wauwatosa’s commitment to renewable energy and reliable infrastructure. In 2019, the Department of Public Works successfully installed solar panels on a city garage, which is already covering nearly all of those energy costs. The new installation, designed and installed by Arch, will continue to provide savings and help Wauwatosa toward its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. Learn more about the city’s commitment to clean energy here.


Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride said: “The decision to expand solar in Wauwatosa was an easy one, and we’re increasing our use of renewable energy while protecting taxpayers. The city is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and generating at least 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Wauwatosa is pleased to partner with Arch Electric as we work toward these important goals.”

Arch Electric President Ed Zinthefer said: “Solar energy is environmentally practical and more cost-effective than ever, and the city of Wauwatosa will long benefit from this important project. Arch Electric has already worked with a dozen municipalities on their clean energy needs, and we encourage local governments across the state to consider the environmental and cost benefits of investing in this clean, reliable form of renewable energy.”

     The system in Wauwatosa – comprised of 1,036 375W solar panels – has a maximum output of 300kw AC.

     The arrays are positioned on a 20-degree tilt ballasted system with no penetrations into the roof deck.

     Use of the system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 383 tons, which is the equivalent of 39,074 miles of gas being consumed. It will generate enough electricity to power 63 homes for one year.




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