The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Ron Sims will visit the site of a proposed solar carport on Wednesday, July 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Stupak Community Center, located at 300 W. Boston Ave. The project will be built with Recovery Act funds intended to create and/or preserve jobs. Solar panels will be mounted on 34 carport stalls to yield approximately 54,000 kilowatt-hours of energy savings annually, enough to power 4.5 homes.
Deputy Secretary Sims, will be joined by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow and Ken LoBene, HUD Las Vegas Field Office director, to give details about this stimulus project.
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid supports this effort and was a driving force in the passage of the Recovery Act legislation.
More than $1.2 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recovery funding from HUD will be used for this project and two other solar carport projects. The three projects are part of a citywide plan that includes constructing more than 950 kilowatts of solar covered parking at various city facilities. The citywide plan for solar carports is projected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 170 homes and reduce the city's carbon footprint by 949 tons of carbon monoxide.
Funding for the overall solar covered parking plan will come from $4,150,000 of Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant funds (EECBG) combined with $600,000 from the city's Green Building Special Revenue Fund, utility rebates, $1,276,738 from Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) and $5.1 million from New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds. City-owned facilities will be used for the projects, and will not only provide the expansive land needed for the solar panels, but will serve the dual purpose of providing covered parking, as well as added electricity.
The solar parking plan, combined with separate renewable energy installations at the wastewater treatment plant, will bring the city to an approximately 10 percent renewable energy standard for all operations by 2011.
Stupak is a heavily used center, supported with CDBG funds. Work started in August 2008 on a new $7.5 million Stupak Community Center. The CDBG funded project included demolition of the existing park to make way for the new two-story, 34,183 square-foot community center. When completed, the center will feature an indoor multi-sport gym, kitchen, library, weight fitness and aerobics rooms, a game room and classrooms for English as a Second Language, art and other topics of interest.
The new Stupak Community Center is slated for completion this fall, with an opening proposed for this winter. The solar carport at the center is expected to break ground sometime in 2010.