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2:13 AM Wed, Nov. 14th

Prescott Valley pursuing solar power incentives through APS

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Town officials are working with the private sector to expand the use of solar panels in town-owned buildings.

However, such a commitment to solar power entails producing electricity at a rate lower than what APS currently charges the town, according to a staff memo to the Town Council. APS offers incentive programs to encourage the use of alterative energy.

Staff issued a request for qualifications this past Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, and 10 businesses responded by Jan. 10. The field was narrowed to four businesses to make presentations, and a selection committee narrowed the field to Wilson Electric of Prescott Valley on Jan. 27.

Town officials have worked since then with Wilson Electric and its representatives to come up with contract language and determine which sites are better suited for solar panel installations.

On. Feb. 24, the council approved an agreement in principle with Wilson and Smart Energy Capital LLC - Wilson's financing arm - to apply to APS for incentive programs. APS notified the town March 16 that it approved all four applications.

The four agreements face review by the Town Council, which has scheduled a work/study meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

The solar panel incentive program is a discussion item on the agenda for the meeting. The council will not take any action during the meeting but might give direction to staff.

Also on the agenda are:

• An update about the balloon festival that the Prescott Valley Rotary Club plans to conduct during Prescott Valley Days in June.

• An update on the excavation work at Fain Lake.

• A presentation and discussion regarding construction of the multiuse exercise path at Mountain Valley Park.

• A discussion about the change order for the turf expansion and lighting project at Mountain Valley Park.

• A talk on budget transfers for the sewer repair fund.

• A discussion about data from the 2010 federal census.

• The Spring 2011 Clean-up Day set for May 7.

• The annual chip-seal award program.

• A discussion on a revised financial policy that reflects changes from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.