More than 50 representatives of Kansas and Nebraska municipalities and communities came to Pratt earlier this month to hear the story of “The Making of a Solar City,” as told by Mayor Doug Meyer.
 The city of Pratt hosted an energy conference at the BTI headquarters north of town and shared the details of the city’s successful foray into solar energy through a power purchase agreement with their municipal electric utility.
The day-long seminar covered the life of the development and construction process on the 7.67 MW dc installation that has the potential to generate power for 10,000 homes in the city limits of Pratt and may offset over 23 million tons of CO2 emissions.
“The community has embraced the green technology,” Meyer said. “We have all been surprised at what can be accomplished in one year and I think once our citizens see their energy bills, they’ll be very happy.”
The solar farm was recently commissioned through the combined efforts of Inovateus Solar, Tortoise Energy and Pratt companies Integreen and Stanion Wholesale Electric.
“Good results require great relationships,” said TJ Kanczuzewski, chairman and co-founder of Inovateus Solar. “We can’t thank the city of Pratt enough for the opportunity to work with a world class team in the heart of Kansas.”
The energy conference started with a tour of the array and then a detailed breakdown of the entire process. After an explanation of the vision and execution of the solar plan by City Manager Roy Eckert, lunch was provided.
Jordan Richardson, business developer manager for Inovateus Solar followed with an informative and interactive session on purchase power agreements (PPAs).
Jamie Huber, Director of Electric Utilities for Pratt, explained some technical considerations and obstacles that were overcome from a utility perspective. His oversight into Pratt’s solar plan was well received by attendees who fulfill the same duties within their own municipalities.
For further information, contact Roy Eckert, 620-672-5571 or by email reckert@cityofprattks.com.