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Commercial Solar Case Study – Kansas City Water Department

How can a water department reduce project upfront capital costs with Solar?

Commercial Solar Case Study – Kansas City Water Department

Business Case

How can a water department reduce project upfront capital costs with Solar?


Problem: how to power a new 2.0 million gallon elevated water tower after it had been determined an electric utility easement could not be obtained to power the site. In addition, if an easement was obtained the cost to install electric service would be extremely high.


Install an Off-Grid Solar PV System.

This was the problem the City of Kansas City, MO Water Department faced when constructing a new Elevated Water Tower. The project located Northeast of HWY 291 and I-435 in Kansas City, MO was constructed to service the growing area’s water needs.

The Water Department contacted the Solar Design Studio to evaluate the situation and propose solution options. The system had to be capable of powering the site’s electric loads, which included 24 hour monitoring and control of water pumping equipment and lighting.

After reviewing solution options, it was decided to install a ground-mounted system comprised of 7 KW of Solar PV Modules, 33 KWH of Battery Storage, 4 KW Inverter and optional generator interface. Outback Power Systems equipment and Solar World Modules were selected because of their “industrial strength” capability to exist in harsh environments and reliability.

The Solar Design Studio designed the system, provided all the equipment, as well as project management and commissioning services. JeanCO LLC, Raymore, MO, constructed the array and installed all equipment. The system was installed and operational in two weeks.

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