The Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority is hot on solar power.

The authority’s executive director, G. Bruce Ward, announced that the MUA has chosen local contractors to install a solar system at its Pleasantville water-treatment plant.

Ward said his agency expects to save more than $2.2 million in electric bills over the life of a 15-year contract with Cambria Solar, of Pleasantville, and Marina Energy, of Hammonton, who will install the panels at their own expense.

And this planned 856-kilowatt solar plant, which will be mounted on the grounds of the treatment plant, is in addition to a floating solar-panel system that the MUA announced plans for in January, said Claude Smith, the staff engineer.

The MUA hopes to host that floating solar-power system at its reservoir, also known as Doughty Pond, but needs to restart its bidding process, Smith said. The first time the authority advertised the project, there were no bidders, he added.

The land-based system will cover an abandoned water-retention basin and part of the lawn at the treatment plant, and is expected to generate 20 percent to 25 percent of the plant’s power needs. From the Pleasantville plant, the authority pumps its water about six miles into Atlantic City.

The agency has no solar-power facilities now but expects at least the land-based system to be up and running by the end of this year, officials said.

Contact Martin DeAngelis: 609-272-7237

More than 30 years’ experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines in Illinois, Colorado, Texas and New Jersey and 1985 winner of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association’s John Murphy Award for copy editing.

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