Solar and Wind KC installs 75-kilowatt photovoltaic system for Travois Holdings

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Solar and Wind KC installs 75-kilowatt photovoltaic system for Travois Holdings

By Greentech Lead
Travois Holdings has added a renewable energy system to power its
headquarters. Solar and Wind KC has installed a 75-kilowatt photovoltaic system
with 330 solar panels on a steel canopy on the building’s rooftop.

The system, which was officially switched on by Kansas City Power & Light
on February 16, is expected to create about 90,000 kilowatt-hours of
electricity per year, enough to completely offset Travois’ annual needs using
net metering. The amount of energy produced each year is projected to save the
equivalent in emissions of an average car driving nearly 235,000 miles.

“We are very proud to have provided what we think is the largest solar canopy
in Greater Kansas City. The solar array itself will replace all of the
building’s electrical energy needs for at least the next 25 years,” said Andrew
Homoly of Solar and Wind KC.

The unique canopy will provide shading for a future outdoor living space that
has spectacular views.

To help finance the project, Travois is using a combination of solar rebates
offered by KCP&L, the federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit and
bonus depreciation tax benefits provided for by the federal Tax Relief,
Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. These
financial incentives reduced the up-front cost of the project by 85 percent.

“The rebate from KCP&L, along with the federal incentives, bridges the gap
between the costs to install the system and the market value of the system. I
foresee a day pretty soon when these incentives will not be necessary, but for
now, we are grateful and it generates, no pun intended, an ability to install a
power system that saves thousands of tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses,”
said Travois Chairman David Bland.

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