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Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program
Round I: Awarded Projects to Date

As of August 24, 2010, the Comptroller has awarded competitive federal stimulus grants to the following governmental entities. ARRA Funds Awarded, Match and/or Total Project amounts are not final until contract execution. Note that remaining applications may still be in review.

The University of North Texas - Denton

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $200,000.00
Match: $465,000.00
Total Project Amount: $2,665,000.00

The University of North Texas (UNT) will install three (3) 100 kW wind turbines on the site of the new LEED Gold Certified football stadium. The site was selected because the 40-meter tall turbines will become an icon on the University campus. The 300 kW micro-wind farm on the UNT Stadium site will produce a total of 666,000kWh annually and represent 33.3% of the stadium’s estimated annual 2,000,000 kWh usage and in the short term will deliver 127% of the Athletic Center’s annual 522,220 kWh usage, with the excess used at an adjoining dormitory. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the City to conduct a Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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The City of Lampasas

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $200,000.00
Match: $400,000.00
Total Project Amount: $2,600,000.00

The City of Lampasas will install a grid-tied 309 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the City Landfill. The system is estimated to displace at a minimum, approximately .5% of citywide electricity use, by producing 433,000 kWh per year in energy. The installed system will displace 260 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions which would have been produced through fossil-based energy generation. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 57 passenger vehicles or 43 typical U.S. homes. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the City to conduct a Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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St. Philip's College – San Antonio

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00 Match: $2,000,000.00 Total Project: $4,000,000.00

St. Philip’s College (SPC), one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges, will install a 400 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Building One at St. Philip’s College’s Southwest Campus in San Antonio. The 400 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system is projected to produce a total output of 544,193 kWh per year, which will be consumed within the building. Excess generation capacity will be sold to CPS Energy via net metering.

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The City of Weslaco

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00 Match: $400,000.00 Total Project: $2,400,000.00

The City of Weslaco will install a 454 kW ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the grounds of the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant. The system will achieve a $242,984 annual energy saving per year.

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University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00 Match: $400,000.00 Total Project: $2,400,000.00

The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) will install a 245 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) carport on the UTSWMC campus in Dallas at the Thermal Plant. This array will be mounted on two canopies over the parking aisles. Each canopy will support 588 modules for a total of 1,176 solar modules. The system configuration will generate approximately 328,999 kWh per year of clean, renewable electricity.

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Carroll Independent School District - Grapevine

ARRA Funds Awarded: $2,000,000.00 Match: $1,000,000.00 Total Project: $3,000,000.00

The Carroll ISD will install a 372.6 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic array as well as a 194.4 kW carport photovoltaic array on the new Carroll ISD Middle School for a total installed size of 567 kW. The system achieves approximately 67% of the anticipated demand of the middle school and produce approximately 832,569 kWh of electricity on an annual basis.

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City of Bedford – Public Library

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,998,800.00 Match: $2,215,335.00 Total Project: $4,214,135.00

The City of Bedford will install a 244 kW grid-connected high performance solar energy system on the flat roof of the new City of Bedford Library. The PV system will deliver 343 kWh of on-site electricity annually, which will reduce the building's utility supplied electricity usage by 39%.

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The University of Texas at Arlington

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,832,000.00 Match: $368,000.00 Total Project: $2,200,000.00

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) will install a 500 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system, to be located atop the parking structures of a newly constructed project at the UT Arlington adjacent to the Special Events Center (SEC).

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The County of Cameron – Harlingen, San Benito, Brownsville

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,713,326.20 Match: $428,331.60 Total Project: $2,141,657.80

The County of Cameron will install four solar photovoltaic (PV) systems totaling 221.76 kW at four county facilities in Cameron County.  The systems will be roof mount and grid tied. The four locations are: 1) The Judicial/Administration Building – (100.8 kW; 2) the Harlingen Annex – (20.16 kW); 3) The Oscar C. Dancy Building – (50.5 kW); 4) The San Benito Annex – (50.4 kW).

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Austin Community College (ACC) - Austin

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,594,369.75 Match: $398,592.44 Total Project: $1,992,962.19

The Austin Community College (ACC) will install two grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on its Northridge Campus and its Eastview Campus. The systems will generate 395,136 kWh per year, representing an annual energy savings of over $28,645.

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The University of Texas at Austin – J.J. Pickle Research Campus

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,589,929.63 Match: $397,482.41 Total Project: $1,987,412.04

The University of Texas – Center for Electro mechanics (UT-CEM) will install 2 grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) power systems on its campus. The first is a 22,770 kWh solar array designed to be incorporated on a carport structure; the second is a 298,770 kWh ground mounted solar array mounted adjacent to the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) building. Energy generated by each system will be tracked real-time via a publicly viewable monitoring system.

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Texas Southmost College (TSC) - Harlingen

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,526,474.88 Match: $344,600.00 Total Project: $1,871,074.88

Texas Southmost College (TSC) will install a 206 kW hybrid system composed of photovoltaic (PV) panels and a wind turbine to generate renewable energy at the International Technology Education and Commerce Center (ITECC) located in Brownsville. The PV part accounts for 106 kW of installed capacity and the wind turbine is rated at 100k kW. The hybrid system will be tied directly to the grid. Implementation of a hybrid system was based on the complementary behavior of solar-and wind-based generation.

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El Paso Water Utilities – Bustamante Waste Water Treatment Plant

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,519,664.00 Match: $379,916.00 Total Project: $1,899,580.00

The El Paso Water Utilities – Bustamante Waste Water Treatment Plant, will design, construct and install equipment that will remove and dispose of hydrogen sulfide and siloxanes, in addition to water and particulates from a methane gas created from aerobically digested municipal wastewater sludge.  The system to be installed will utilize digester gas to generate electric power with a gas engine generator at the wastewater plant. The generator output will connect directly to the plant’s electrical system and all generated electricity is intended to be consumed at the plant. It is anticipated that over 60% of the waste heat currently being flared will be recovered in the form of electricity and useful heat for the digesters.

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El Paso Water Utilities – Haskell Street Waste Water Treatment Plant

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,479,664.00 Match: $369,916.00 Total Project: $1,849,580.00

The El Paso Water Utilities – Haskell Street Waste Water Treatment Plant, will design, construct and install equipment that will remove and dispose of hydrogen sulfide and siloxanes, in addition to water and particulates from a methane gas created from aerobically digested municipal wastewater sludge. The system to be installed will utilize digester gas to generate electric power with a gas engine generator at the wastewater plant. The generator output will connect directly to the plant’s electrical system and all generated electricity is intended to be consumed at the plant. It is anticipated that over 60% of the waste heat currently being flared will be recovered in the form of electricity and useful heat for the digesters.

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Palacios Independent School District and Matagorda Independent School District

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,125,549.00 
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $200,000.00
Match: $476,357.00
Total Project Amount: $1,801,906.00

Palacios ISD and Matagorda ISD and Tidehaven ISD are jointly working on a project goal to install 10 kW wind turbines at five school campuses in the two ISDs with a goal of generating clean, renewable energy for campus use. Palacios ISD will have seven turbines and Matagorda ISD will have two turbines. It is estimated that the installation of the wind turbines will save the ISDs a combined annual savings of $31,149 per year. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the City to conduct an Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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The City of Houston

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,352,525.00 Match: $338,131.00 Total Project: $1,690,565.00

The City of Houston will deploy 25 mobile solar generators that will each produce 24 kWh/day. These generators will be deployed to strategically pre-determined emergency staging areas in the event of prolonged power outage, similar to the two week power outage that occurred with Hurricane Ike in 2008. The amount of electricity generated would be 600 kWh/day; 219,000 kWh/year; 4,380,000 over the expected 20 year life of the technology.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Region I

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,320,326.00 Match: $330,082.00 Total Project: $1,650,408.00

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will install solar photovoltaic (PV) generation systems providing a total of 125 kW across seven Texas State Park sites. These projects will save the agency over $23,842 per year. Location 1) Lake Tawakoni SP – 10 kW; 20 Ray Roberts Lake SP - 20 kW; 3) Cooper Lake SP – 20 kW; 4) Jasper FH – 10 kW; 5) Cedar Hill SP – 30 kW; 6) Lake Arrowhead SP – 15 kW; 7) San Angelo SP – 20 kW.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Region II

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,301,501.00 Match: $325,375.00 Total Project: $1,626,876.00

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will install solar photovoltaic (PV) generation systems providing a total of 100 kW across six Texas State Park sites. These projects will save the agency over $23,842 per year. Location 1) Government Canyon SP - 10 kW; 2) Bryan FH – 10 kW; 3) McKinney Falls SP-20 kW; 4) Sheldon Observatory Tower – 20Kw; 5) State Park Region 4 HQ – 20 kW; 6) Galveston Isle – 10 kW.

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El Paso Water Utilities – Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,199,472.00 Match: $299,868.00 Total Project: $1,499,340.00

The El Paso Water Utilities – Fred Hervey Reclamation Plant, will design, construct and install equipment that will remove and dispose of hydrogen sulfide and siloxanes, in addition to water and particulates from a methane gas created from aerobically digested municipal wastewater sludge. The system to be installed will utilize digester gas to generate electric power with a gas engine generator at the wastewater plant. The generator output will connect directly to the plant’s electrical system and all generated electricity is intended to be consumed at the plant. It is anticipated that over 60% of the waste heat currently being flared will be recovered in the form of electricity and useful heat for the digesters.

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The City of Irving – Irving Public Library

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,158,316.00 Match: $231,663.00 Total Project: $1,389,969.00

The City of Irving Public Library will install a 144 kW no-penetrating roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system as part of the effort to promote the City’s sustainability vision to its residents. The system will produce 202.032 kWh of electricity annually at an estimated value of $14,142 per year.

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The City of Duncanville

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,121,208.00 Match: $280,302.20 Total Project: $1,401,510.20

The City of Duncanville will install three solar PV systems totaling 147.84 kW at three city facilities. The systems will be roof mount and grid tied. The three locations are: 1) The City Hall/Police Station – (43.68 kW); 2) the Recreational Center/Library – (62.16 kW); The Senior Center – (42 kW).

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University of Texas – San Antonio

ARRA Funds Awarded: $1,080,000.00 Match: $317,837.00 Total Project: $1,397,837.00

The University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) will install PV systems at the University Center Building III (UCBIII) and the Support Services Building (SSB) on campus. The UCIII building will be rated at 140 kW and the SSB building will be rated at 12 kW. Energy monitoring sensors, data loggers will be implemented and data will be collected and sent to a central monitoring system through the internet.

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Texas State Technical College - Waco

ARRA Funds Awarded: $978,226.00 Match: $246,363.00 Total Project: $1,224,589.00

TSTC-Waco will install a 219.4 kW grid-tied, solar array on the campus’ Electronics Center and its adjacent parking lot. In addition to increasing the building’s energy efficiency and reducing utility costs, the project is designed to provide hands-on training lab area for matriculated and/or customized industrial training in solar panel installation and maintenance. A segment of the roof directly above the TSTC Renewable Energy Lab will be configured with a variety of racking and mounting systems, modules, and inverters, and will be accessible to trainees. Having access to working solar arrays, with students performing routine efficiency and maintenance checks on the arrays, will complement the traditional classroom/lab areas in the building utilized by TSTC Waco’s new Solar Technician instructional program.

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City of Grand Prairie

ARRA Funds Awarded: $872,809.00 Match: $218,202.40 Total Project: $1,091,011.40

The City of Grand Prairie will install 107.52 kW of grid-tied roof-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at three city facilities. The three facilities are: 1) The Charles England Building (24.57 kW); 2) The City Development Center – (77.07 kW); 3) The Teri Jackson Tourist Information Center – (5.88 kW). The solar PV panels installed on sloped roofs will be visible from the ground.

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Hopkins County – Sulphur Springs

ARRA Funds Awarded: $827,883.00 Match: $354,079.00 Total Project: $1,181,965.00

Hopkins County will install 187 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the County's Regional Civic Center. The annual projected system production of the solar system is 265,684 kWh and the projected monthly kWh production is 22,140kWh. The projected percent of usage offset by the solar PV system is 41%.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Austin Headquarters

ARRA Funds Awarded: $821,386.00 Match: $165,600.00 Total Project: $986,986.00

The Texas Parks and wildlife Department will install a 92 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the main agency headquarters building in Austin. The installation will save the agency over $17,500 per year in energy savings.

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Adjutant General's Department of Texas Military Forces at Camp Mabry Austin

ARRA Funds Awarded: $799,939.00 Match: $199,984.88 Total Project: $999,923.88

The Adjutant General's Department will install a 149 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (solar) power system on a carport structure which will be adjacent to the camp headquarters. The project will have multiple benefits to the base: as distributed renewable energy generating systems; as a functional structural asset to the facility; and as an educational component providing insight about renewable energy to the nearly 800 visitors and employees to the base daily. The system will generate 188,350 kWh of non-polluting, free, renewable energy each year, offsetting a portion of the current energy load.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio

ARRA Funds Awarded: $794,121.00 Match: $198,530.00 Total Project: $992,651.00

The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) will install a 156 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy system on the roof of the south Texas Research Facility (STRF) and an adjacent parking lot. The 104 kW roof mounted PV system will be attached to the upper tapered roof of the 3-story STRF building. The 52 kW carport structure will be added adjacent to the building.

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Northeast Texas Community College – Denton

ARRA Funds Awarded: $750,000.00 Match: $2,550,000.00 Total Project: $3,300,000.00

Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) will install twenty-two ground-mount racks suspended on poles that each contains twelve solar photovoltaic (PV) array for a total of 46.2 kW of power generation, and a 3.7 kW wind turbine the Agriculture Complex on the campus. The installed renewable energy systems, all grid-tied, will generate approximately 85% of the total facility’s energy and will allow for generation back to the grid during unoccupied periods such as weekends and some summer days. It is projected that the energy savings from this plan will substantially reduce the annual utility expenses for the college.

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The City of Addison

ARRA Funds Awarded: $472,400.00
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $100,000.00
Match: $118,100.00
Total Project Amount: $690,500.00

The City of Addison will install ten 3.5 kW wind turbines on top of the 195 ft. City water tower, with on 3.5 kW wind turbine installed on a 50 ft. pole low enough for visitors to see how the wind turbine operates. The 38.5 kW micro-wind farm on the top of the water tower will produce a total of 70,400 kWh annually. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the City to conduct a Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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The City of Seadrift

ARRA Funds Awarded: $464,000.00
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $100,000.00
Match: $116,000.00
Total Project Amount: $680,000.00

The City of Seadrift will install a 199 kW grid-tied wind turbine at the City’s water plant. The projected energy savings of the 199,000kWh annually will save approximately 84% of the City’s wastewater treatment plant’s annual energy consumptions for a savings of $20,000 based on current rates. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the City to conduct a Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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Sinton Independent School District - Sinton

ARRA Funds Awarded: $451,200.00
ARRA Funds Awarded for DOE Required Feasibility Study: $100,000.00
Match: $112,800.00
Total Project Amount: $664,000.00

Sinton ISD will install a small community-scale wind power-generating technology to the school's electrical distribution systems to generate up to 193 kW of electricity per year. The Department of Energy (DOE) requested the ISD to conduct a Environmental Feasibility Study to gather data on environmental impact prior to proceeding with the project.

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West Texas A&M University - Canyon

ARRA Funds Awarded: $497,350.00 Match: $124,400.00 Total Project: $621,750.00

West Texas A&M University at Canyon will install one 50 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Palo Duro Research Center in Amarillo and one 50 kW wind turbine at the new Wind Test Center located at the Palo Duro Research Center.

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Shallowater Independent School District

ARRA Funds Awarded: $476,800.00 Match: $140,000.00 Total Project: $616,800.00

The Shallowater ISD will install a 78 kW grid-tied roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the Shallowater Intermediate School coupled with five wind turbines already installed. This will offer significant environmental and economic benefits and highlight the ISD's long-term vision and enable the ISD to substantially minimize the risk of rising costs of conventional energy in the future.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Region III

ARRA Funds Awarded: $455,203.00 Match: $113,801.00 Total Project: $569,004.00

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Region III will install 40 kW of solar PV generation systems at three sites. The three site locations are: 1) State Park Region 1 Headquarters – (5 kW); 2) Choke Canyon SP – (15 kW); 3) Mustang Isle – (20 kW).

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The City of San Antonio

ARRA Funds Awarded: $433,000.00 Match: $120,000.00 Total Project: $553,000.00

The City of San Antonio will install 48 kW of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation capacity at the Mission Verde Center. The solar power will consist of solar Array's mounted on the building's roof top and a parking structure. The Center is a workforce training center that offers sustainability education in green construction and plumbing, and solar/smart grid training.

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Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

ARRA Funds Awarded: $431,000.00 Match: $230,000.00 Total Project: $661,100.00

TSTC- Harlingen will install a 100 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the campus. The system will be installed on the Health Sciences Technology Building. As part of the installation, a data monitoring system will be incorporated, which will gather, record, and display system performance. In terms of energy benefits, the PV system is expected to generate 127,542 kWh in the first year of operation. The system will also be utilized for training within the college's proposed Solar Energy Technology program and as part of any continuing education projects that are requested by local and regional industry.

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The City of Alpine

ARRA Funds Awarded: $419,600.00 Match: $104,900.00 Total Project: $524,500.00

The City of Alpine will install a 50 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the City's wastewater treatment plant, which is located about 2.5 miles northeast of the City. The solar array will generate about 78,105 kWh of electricity per year.

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The City of Horseshoe Bay

ARRA Funds Awarded: $311,396.83 Match: $62,279.37 Total Project: $373,676.20

The City of Horseshoe Bay will install a 41.1 kW roof-mounted, solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the City's Slickrock Lift Station. It is estimated that the installation of the PV system will save the City $4,000 in annual energy savings.

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University of North Texas - Dallas

ARRA Funds Awarded: $260,500.00 Match: $276,136.00 Total Project: $536,636.00

The University of North Texas (UNT) will install a 102 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its newly constructed Academic Building 2. The PV system will be visible from the campus roof top and as part of the installation, a data monitoring system will be incorporated, which will gather, record, and display system performance. It is anticipated that an annual energy savings will be $44,809.

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Munday Independent School District - Munday

ARRA Funds Awarded: $249,117.00 Match: $62,279.37 Total Project: $311,396.37

Munday ISD will install a 41.1 kW roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) system on Building 610 of the campus. The system will generate approximately 55.2 kWh of energy per year.

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City of Henrietta

ARRA Funds Awarded: $159,160.00 Match: $39,790.00 Total Project: $198,950.00

The city of Henrietta will install a 10 kW grid-tied, roof-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the City haul building. It is estimated that the installation will save the City approximately $1,500 per year in energy savings.

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Fort Worth ISD

ARRA Funds Awarded: $143,074.00 Match: $91,768.00 Total Project: $234,842.00

Fort Worth ISD will install a 101 kW grid-tied, roof mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the Wilkerson Greines Activity Center roof. The Wilderson Greines Activity Center is located in southeast Fort Worth. The selected facility will represent a model for a highly visible location for the innovative distributed renewable solar energy technology implementation.

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The City of Sunset Valley – Austin area

ARRA Funds Awarded: $95,000 Match: $46,000 Total Project: $141,000

The City of Sunset Valley will install a 26 kW grid tied photovoltaic (PV) system at the Sunset Valley City Hall. It is estimated that the system will save the City $5,076 in annual electric usage.

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