By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel reporter –
OKLAHOMA CITY – Solar Power of Oklahoma announced the completion of its community installation project for the Norman City UV Composting Plant. The solar energy system will offset some of the system’s energy consumption.
This is an important step in meeting the city’s goal of producing 100 percent renewable energy for electricity by 2035.
Mayor Brea Clark said on Facebook: “We are excited to announce the completion of a new solar project for the City of Norman. At Norman’s UV composting facility, which offers residents free composting, a significant portion of their energy consumption is now offset by this commercial solar energy system. “
Norman is the first city in the state to promote renewable energy as part of the Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign. The citizen-led initiative encourages communities to switch to renewable energy as their primary energy source.
“We congratulate Mayor Breea Clark and the City of Norman on their leadership in renewable energy,” said JW Peters, CEO of Solar Power of Oklahoma and president of the Oklahoma Solar Association.
“Solar energy will benefit Norman residents for decades to come,” added Peters. “We pride ourselves on providing the infrastructure to enable tangible progress day in and day out.”
Norman’s composting program started in 1990. Over 10 percent of all waste and recyclable materials in the city of Norman are diverted to the composting facility.
According to the website, the city uses a natural process that doesn’t require starters or additives. The compost is rotated and watered at certain temperatures and moisture levels. This type of composting takes only a few days longer to produce, but it provides residents with high quality compost at a low cost.
In May 2020, the Norman City Council approved a corresponding measure with the aim of introducing 100 percent renewable energies in all energy sectors by 2050.
The City of Norman’s UV Composting Facility at 398 Bratcher Miner Road recycles more than 13,000 tons of garden waste, including leaves, grass waste and branches.
Processed compost is available to the public free of charge. For more details click here. More information on Norman’s commitment to renewable energy can be found here.
Solar Power of Oklahoma was founded in 2017 and is 100% located in Oklahoma. The company’s solar consultants work with home and business owners to design bespoke solar systems that are then installed by SPO installers. Solar Power has installed more than 1,200 solar systems for customers across Oklahoma.
To learn more, visit solarpowerok.com.
Mayor Breea Clark and the City of Norman are leaders in Oklahoma in their goal of 100 percent renewable energy for electricity by 2035. Facebook photo