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Posted on: November 10, 2023

WaterOne, Evergy Celebrate New Sustainable Energy Source

Solar panels are improving environmental sustainability and reducing energy expenses at a WaterOne pump station. The recently completed Evergy solar array project was celebrated by WaterOne as well as representatives from Evergy.

The 100 kW Evergy solar array is installed at WaterOne’s Lamar Pump Station, located near 91st and Lamar Avenue in Overland Park. The WaterOne pump station and underground reservoir facilities supply water storage for neighborhoods throughout northeast Johnson County, and the site also provides critical infrastructure support for local firefighting and emergency response capabilities. WaterOne partnered with Evergy by granting space at Lamar Pump Station to construct and operate the solar array to help offset the energy required to power the pump station facility. Evergy is the owner of the solar array. The cooperative solar partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in Johnson County, KS, and according to Evergy, the array is also one of the largest in the county for this type of installation. Solar power represents an effective energy solution for pump stations. Pump stations require more power during warm seasonal weather as customer water usage increases, which is also the time of year when the solar array is at its highest energy production.

The Lamar Pump Station solar array project follows other recent efforts by WaterOne to diversify its energy portfolio. WaterOne was an early supporter of community renewable energy programs from its energy providers, Evergy and BPU, allowing WaterOne to purchase cost-effective renewable energy from solar and wind farms in our region. WaterOne is also looking ahead to other innovative energy projects, including an anticipated hydropower facility located near WaterOne’s water intake on the Kansas River. WaterOne was recognized as Climate Registered ™ Gold Status by the Climate Registry for establishing an inventory of carbon emission volumes and sources produced through its operations, and WaterOne was also awarded the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award by the Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) for demonstrating leadership in environmental sustainability.

“This solar project reflects WaterOne’s commitment to being good stewards of our environment,” said WaterOne General Manager Shaun Pietig. “We’re proud to collaborate with our regional utility partners in the energy sector towards our shared goal of a more sustainable future.”

Ribbon Cutting Event for Lamar Pump Station Solar Panels

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