Bryan Municipal Utilities broke ground for a 14-acre, $7.42 million solar array in early December 2011. By mid-January 2012, all 23,530 solar modules were in place, and the entire 2 MW solar array was generating power on to Bryan’s electrical grid by mid-February 2012. BMU’s solar field is one of the largest solar projects of any public power utility in the state.
Primarily Ohio materials, contractors, and labor were used on the project. Rudolph Libbe Inc. of Walbridge, Ohio, designed and built the facility and will operate and maintain it for the first two years. AP Alternatives of Ridgeville Corners made and installed the steel ground-mounted racks for the fixed axis solar array. Bryan electric department constructed power lines to the site and installed switches for the power interconnection. First Solar of Toledo manufactured the solar panels, and Nextronex, of Toledo, manufactured the inverters.
Financing was arranged through Key Government Finance, which is leasing the solar array to Bryan Municipal Utilities for 10 years. BMU has the option to purchase the solar equipment at the end of the lease period.