A new structure located near the Sturgis Harley-Davidson Rally Point will provide shade and additional power to the city’s library, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The idea was sparked through concerns raised by citizens requesting additional shade at the Rally Point. While canopies were originally intended to be included at the Rally Point, they were nixed due to the $250,000 cost and 10-year lifespan.
City officials ultimately looked for alternative solutions and worked alongside Black Hills Energy to find alternative options. After the idea of solar panels were suggested, the city solicited proposals for the solar canopy in the summer of 2017. Interconnections Systems, Inc., of Central City, Nebraska submitted the winning bit of $225,000. The panels are projected to save the city $6,000 annually in energy cost and should last around 20 years.
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