After three years, a federally funded project that will lower the cost of electricity for 82 households in Koblerville and Garapan received its final inspection last Thursday. The houses are the property of the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.
Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) has worked as go-between with Pacific Wind and Solar, the local company that applied for the $1.3-million grant, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Services, which manages the federal program.
Each of the 3.2-kilowatt systems installed on the roof of the affected homes includes 10 commercial grade solar panels, an inverter to convert DC to AC for residential use, cabling, stainless steel conduit, and safety disconnects. The units have 20-year warranties and are expected to reduce electricity costs for a typical household to zero, once the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. installs net-metering devices at each home. (PR)