Solar Panel System Powers County Building in St. Clair Shores
Solar panels are now providing power to the Chapaton Treatment and Retention Basin in St. Clair Shores. The facility is operated by the Macomb County Department Public Works Office.
Local, county and federal officials gathered Tuesday at the Chapaton Treatment and Retention Basin at 9 Mile and Jefferson in St. Clair Shores to flip the switches on a solar power system for the facility.
The 84 solar panels and other energy-efficient projects at the 30,000 square-foot facility cost $705,000.
The project used $287,000 in federal economic stimulus funds and $418,000 in state revolving funds to pay for the project.
County officials believe the panels and other energy saving measures will save the county - and St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe which utilize the facility - about $5,000 a month.
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco said the program may be expanded to other offices.