This milestone was reached on Dec. 28 when commercial power production began at the field. Power flowing into the village electric system, from the 4 MW field, will offset about 10 percent of the village’s annual kilowatt hour (energy) purchases.
Council approved the project in February and construction began Oct. 1. In a three- month period, the field was engineered, constructed and placed into operation, well ahead of its projected construction schedule. One of the driving influences for the project being completed ahead of time, was the participation of students and instructors form the EHOVE Career Center-Electrical Program. Weekly work at the MSP shaved time from the construction schedule with the end result the project being commissioned at the end of 2017.
“This was a community-based project from day 1,” Monroeville Mayor Melissa Fries-Seip said. “Local and in state workers and students from EHOVE were involved with the project. Community input was positive from the beginning which resulted in council’s willingness to make this project a reality.”