Solar Panels at Station 16-1 Received from Grant Funding
Updated: Jul 26
If you have been driving past our station in Dayton, you may have noticed some new equipment on the south facing side of the building. We are at the end of our long journey in acquiring solar panels for our fire station. These panels are 100% grant funded, so this means there is zero cost to the community for the installation.
The goal of the solar power project is for West Mason Fire to:
Reduce our carbon footprint
Educate about solar power
Save money on bills that can be reinvested back into the community
After the merger in 2018, MCFD 16 saw a call volume increase double from the years prior. The area has seen significant growth over the last few years and call volume continues to increase, while budgets and staffing remain the same. We are constantly behind the funding curve and must operate under a financial hardship where the revenue for repairs and essential purchases is in a mode of perpetual catch-up.
Due to lack of funding, there is little money left to modify the facilities. Given this context, the energy savings every month from the solar project will be a helpful booster to meet compliance standards and risk management obligations for the health and safety of our volunteers.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out during normal business hours Monday- Friday 8am-5pm or come to one of our Commissioner Meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 4pm.