Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

CWSA cancels Eberhart Rd. solar project

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Design, foundation issues, no chance for payback bring plan to a close

At the board’s meeting Oct. 17, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner announced the solar project for the Eberhart Road pumping station has been canceled.

The project started out with great anticipation and a projected 20-year payback. It was billed as an environmentally friendly solution to aid in reducing harmful gas.

It has since encountered design issues, questions on projected energy that would be produced and foundation problems.

“When we did the analysis with all the data and the costs, there is not a payback ever,” Schreiner said.

CWSA has already sunk $104,000 into the project. Those funds will not be recovered.

The board expressed disappointment that the project failed, adding the authority prides itself on keeping rates low and the efficiency of its operation.