There are always those early adopters who lead the way when it comes to embracing change. Going solar is no different. Using conventional power sources, electricity costs for the Village of Ryley would run as high as $14,000 a year, plus an additional $5,000 in distribution and service charges.

The village council sought a solar power solution that would enable them to achieve net-zero. A site to the east of the lagoon has been earmarked for the project. The project aims to generate sufficient power using solar power as a renewable energy resource to offset their annual electricity consumption.

Quality renewables consultants can be hard to find

There are several issues authorities like a village or town council may face when embarking on such projects. Renewable energy technologies are an advanced field with a steep learning curve. The most cost-effective solutions often embrace the latest innovative technologies and methods, which is one of the areas where Dandelion Renewables provides excellent value for customers. Some solar contractors have yet to hear about the technologies that Dandelion Renewables offers.

Keeping pace with the tremendous amount of research taking place in solar, wind and renewables is equally if not more complicated. For this reason, a renewables consultant that can walk you through your options, recommend the best courses of action, and still remain a cost leader, is a rare gem that can be hard to find.

When Ryley council met on December 17, 2019 and decided to acquire the solar power system, they were faced with a similar situation. The council had been investigating the solar initiative since 2018. It received proposals from Dandelion Renewables and other solar contractors. Dandelion won the bid.

It was a fairly simple decision. During bid review, the council noted that the other solar contractor’s proposal was significantly higher at $341k minus $119k of solar rebate for a cost of nearly $222k. Dandelion Renewables offered a solution that met Ryley’s goals for a total cost of $249k minus $107k of solar rebate for a cost of $132k ( 40% lower cost ! ). After adding the fence and transformer cost, the total cost of the project is $175k.

The village council also noted that, “Aside from being more economical, the advice, guidance and recommendations provided from Dandelion have been significantly more accurate and useful than those from the other solar contractor.”

Another notable fact of the project is that it uses land that is not desirable for other developments. The initiative shown by the Village of Ryley is likely to energize a plethora of related solar ideas and project potential that could contribute to the local economy for years to come.

The project is estimated to be completed in the last half of 2020.

If you are looking for an experienced renewable energy consultant who can help your community successfully achieve net-zero solutions using the most cost-saving innovative technologies and methods, then you’ve come to the right place. At Dandelion Renewables, we’re committed to offering residential, commercial, industrial, utility, and farm-specific solutions for solar power and other sustainable energy-efficient endeavors. Contact Dandelion Renewables today.