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Monday, December 10, 2018

CWSA chooses energy group for solar project

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

RER wins bid; criterion included that panels be American made

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Engineer Darryl Jenkins reported during an Oct. 18 meeting that the solar electrical project has been awarded to RER Energy Group.

RER was awarded the contract because it was the only bidder to meet expectations.

The project is moving forward as the contractor prepares a project schedule and necessary documentation. One criterion is that the solar panels be American made. Chairman John Schreiner verified that provision at the CWSA board meeting.

Several contractors bid on the project, and it was initially proposed by another vendor, which subsequently closed operations.

RER has a history of bringing large projects on line cost effectively. The CWSA project is somewhat smaller but marks an expansion for the company as it pursues more volume in its solar business.

Jenkins expects to have the project schedule ready for review at the next meeting. There was some discussion early on that groundwork required to set up the panels might be accomplished soon. It is possible that groundwork will be delayed until after the winter season.

The board also released funds to the developer of the Allentown waterfront project. As background, CWSA has a mainline pipe adjacent to the development. Jenkins and the developer worked out a relocation plan that is completed. It does give an indication of the progress being made by the Allentown waterfront development team.

CWSA tossed a $200 charitable contribution to the Whitehall High School Zephyrs baseball team.

The board and the public will get a preliminary look at CWSA’s 2019 budget at the Nov. 15 meeting.