Renewable Energy Projects
The Laramie City Council passed Resolution 2020-14 establishing the intent of the governing body to immediately reduce carbon emission from municipal government operations and pursue a net zero, carbon neutral future for the City of Laramie. To see the full ordinance please click here.
Laramie Fire Station 3 Solar Array and EV Car Charging Station Project
Laramie Fire Station 3 will soon generate its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program participants. The funding will support the installation of a 25kW solar array and an electric vehicle charging station in west Laramie. The City of Laramie is committed to the reduction of carbon emissions from municipal operations through Resolution 2020-14.
The award of $ $39,465 will cover nearly halfof the installation cost of the solar array and charging station.
The City of Laramie joins more than 190 organizations across Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that, since 2006, have received awards for community-based renewable projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy. This project is one of a dozen selected this year through a competitive-evaluation process.
“We are thrilled that we were selected for this award and so grateful to Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky participants who made it possible,” said Erin O’Doherty, Ward 2 City Council Member. “This 25kW solar array and EV car charging station project is not only a win for the environment but for the local community, too. By generating our own electricity, we’ll save on energy costs — and that means we can dedicate more of our budget to our capital projects and operations.”
Blue Sky is an opt-in program that gives Rocky Mountain Power customers an option to match all or part of their energy use with renewable energy -- reducing their carbon footprints and driving demand for new renewable energy in the West. Through the Blue Sky Block option, participants also support qualifying, renewable energy projects for local institutions such as schools, community centers and arts organizations.
“For 20 years, the Blue Sky program has offered Rocky Mountain Power customers a simple and powerful way to live their values, reduce their carbon footprint and support renewable energy,” said Mike Morrissey, Regional Business Manager at Rocky Mountain Power. “Unlike most green power programs, Blue Sky goes beyond the purchase of renewable energy credits to help fund additional smaller energy projects for organizations in our communities. Through projects such as this, Blue Sky participants are powering a better future for local communities.”
Construction on the Fire Station 3 25kW solar array and EV car charging station project will begin in the spring of 2022. It is expected to begin generating power by June 30, 2022.
Laramie Community Recreation and Ice & Event Center Solar Energy Projects
The City of Laramie was a proud recipient of a funding award from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program participants to support the installation of solar arrays to serve the Laramie Community Recreation and the Ice & Event Centers. Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program funds renewable energy projects in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The solar installations at the Laramie Community Recreation and the Ice & Event Centers represent the City’s first major step toward carbon neutrality. These facilities were selected for the inaugural solar investment for their impact toward the municipal goal of net neutrality and for their ability to serve as an educational site for the thousands of annual guests visiting both facilities each year.
In May of 2021 the City of Laramie was proud to announce that the 25kW solar projects at the Laramie Community Recreation Center and Laramie Ice & Event Center had been completed with the installation of three public kiosks. These public kiosks were installed in the lobbies of the Recreation Center and the Ice & Event Center, as well as in the Laramie High School cafeteria. The kiosk monitors provide daily and weekly real-time solar energy production, lifetime totals and comparisons to saved carbon emissions and trees planted.