Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report

Consider, discussion and possible action to authorize the City Manager to Execute an Agreement with PowerFin Solarmundo, LLC to Participate in City Public Service’s (CPS) Simply Solar and SolarHost SA Program and to Allow the Installation of Solar Panels at the Leon Valley Library.

Information

Department:Public WorksSponsors:
Category:Contract

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. PFP 3-27- SLA for Public Library location-6425 Evers
  3. PPT Solar Panels library (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

To consider authorizing the City Manager to execute an Agreement with PowerFin Solarmundo, LLC to participate in the Solar Host program to allow the installation of solar panels on the Library rooftop.

 

CPS Energy has partnered with PowerFin Partners to create a program to install solar panels on rooftops at no charge to the building owner. The solar panels should result in a per year savings in energy costs to the City. The program guarantees a credit on the CPS bill for the next 20 years and the Agreement may be extended for two additional five year terms upon City Council approval. The solar panel equipment Agreement would be in effect until January of 2036. If the City decides not to extend the terms, the company would remove the equipment and restore the rooftops to their original condition, except for normal wear and tear.

 

The City does not own the equipment; therefore PowerFin will be responsible for the installation, inspections, maintenance, repairs, and any replacements to the systems. The City would be responsible for keeping tree branches from shading the system and providing a water source so that PowerFin can keep the panels clean.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

The savings would be approximately $4,250 per year in electricity. The only cost would be if the City has to have the solar panels removed for any reason, such as to service the rooftop. The cost of removal on the Library would be an amount not to exceed $39,168.00, which is the product of $0.40/Watt for each watt of power generation capacity of the system while the solar panels are not in use. The rooftop at the Library is partially new and the existing roof is in good shape and shouldn’t need repairs in the foreseeable future. The company installing the solar panels will acquire the services of a structural engineer to assure in writing that the rooftop will support the weight of the solar panels prior to installation.

 

If the City should ever default on the Agreement, and the default is not timely cured to PowerFin's reasonable satisfaction, PowerFin may terminate the Agreement; suspend their performance under the Agreement; take reasonable action to correct our default to prevent loss; remove the system and charge the City for the cost of removal and the cost of reconnecting the System at another location; or file a lawsuit for specific performance and damages

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social Equity - Energy conservation programs save money for all taxpayers.

 

Economic Development - Supporting and promoting the use of solar power will help to create jobs in that industry, which may lead to the relocation of potential businesses and citizens to our community.

 

Environmental Stewardship - Everyone’s quality of life, standard of living, and security systems depend on energy. A strong and balanced energy program, based on the most efficient use of our natural resources, while minimizing our dependence on imported energy, is critical to this country as a whole (source - Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Florida, http://www.energy.ufl.edu/.)

 

STRATEGIC GOALS

 

This item meets City Council Strategic Goal #5 Environmental Sustainability, by developing energy conservation programs.

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

Authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with PowerFin SolarMundo, LLC, to participate in  the SolarHost program to install solar panels on the Library rooftop.

 

Body

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH POWERFIN SOLARMUNDO, LLC TO PARTICIPATE IN CITY PUBLIC SERVICE’S (CPS) SIMPLY SOLAR AND SOLARHOST SA PROGRAM TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS AT THE LEON VALLEY LIBRARY.

 

WHEREAS, CPS Energy has partnered with PowerFin Solarmundo, LLC to create a program to install solar panels on rooftops at no charge to the building owner; and

 

WHEREAS, the solar panels would result in approximately $4,250 per year in electricity costs to the City; and

 

WHEREAS, the program guarantees a credit on the CPS bill for the next 20 years and the Agreement may be extended for two additional five year terms upon City Council approval; and

 

WHEREAS, PowerFin will be responsible for the installation, inspections, maintenance, repairs, and any replacements to the systems; and

 

WHEREAS, the City would be responsible for keeping tree branches from shading the system and providing a water source so that PowerFin can keep the panels clean; and

 

WHEREAS, it is now the desire of the Leon Valley City Council to authorize the execution of an Agreement with PowerFin Solarmundo, LLC to install solar panels at the Leon Valley Library;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEON VALLEY, TEXAS, THAT: 

 

Section 1.              The City Manager or her designee is hereby authorized to execute an Agreement with PowerFin Solarmundo, LLC to install solar panels at the Leon Valley Library.

 

Section 2.              This ordinance is effective immediately upon passage by four (4) affirmative votes; otherwise it is effective on the tenth day after passage hereof.

 

 

Meeting History

May 2, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
SECONDER:David Edwards, Council Place 1
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

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