Carmel Wastewater Treatment

Sustainable Progress in a World-Class City

Carmel, Indiana, recognized globally for its livability, continues to uphold its commitment to sustainability. Embracing renewable energy, the city chose to power its water and wastewater treatment plants with solar energy in 2020. This pivotal decision aimed to minimize the city’s carbon footprint, promote cleaner air, and significantly cut energy costs.

Tackling Energy Challenges

Faced with escalating energy prices and the high energy demands of water treatment operations, Carmel sought a sustainable solution. To avoid raising utility rates, the city explored solar energy. Despite site challenges at both plants, including an old mine site and a flood plain location, the city moved forward with the solar project.

Innovative Solar Solution

In partnership with Telamon, Solential commenced the $1.7 million solar project in 2020. The installation of 5,976 solar PV panels across both sites, producing 365 kW of power each, was completed in 2021. This shift to solar is expected to reduce the city’s energy costs by 25%, amounting to approximately $4.4 million in savings over 25 years. This transition not only makes city services more affordable but also enhances Carmel’s reputation as a green, environmentally conscious city.

A Greener Future

The solar project significantly contributes to Carmel’s environmental goals. It will offset 1,065 metric tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to powering 146 average American homes for a year. By leading the way in renewable energy, Carmel inspires local businesses and reinforces its commitment to a livable, healthy city.

Project Details

Carmel, IN

Project Size:
1.09 MW

Ground Mount Fixed Tilt Solar PV

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