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May 23

City Expands Use of Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM by Communications Department

The city is continuing its efforts to go green. The Newport News Recycling and Recovery Center (ROC) now has two above ground fuel tanks that are powered by solar energy. The Newport News Department of Public Works and Vehicle & Equipment Services worked together to plan, design, and install the solar powered fuel tanks. Fuel_scUsed tanks were repurposed by fitting them with tank gauges, fuel transfer equipment, and the solar power infrastructure necessary to dispense fuel to the off-road equipment located at the center. Previously, the ROC equipment was fueled by an old fuel tank truck that was at the end of its service life. The solar project cost was less than $12,000, a huge savings as the replacement of a newer used unit would have had a price tag of approximately $50,000.

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, the city is also in the process of converting 23 pickup trucks to run on propane. This will nearly double the total number of propane vehicles in the fleet. Propane costs less than unleaded fuel and is better for the environment.