By: Diane Benjamin
Below are screen shots from Connect Transit reports for what they paid Corn Belt for electricity. https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/packet.asp
Note: Connect Transit does not posts report as “searchable”. If the Illinois Policy Institute was still giving transparency grades, they would flunk.
Obviously they are paying between $3,900 and $4,300 a month. At $4,300 a month x 12 months, that amounts to $51,600 a year.
Connect Transit is currently asking for bids to install solar panels. https://www.connect-transit.com/business/procurement/bids_and_proposals/bidrequest.asp?bidID=118
I have a document I am not going to post saying “staff estimate value: $1,700,000”. I’m not posting it so they have no idea where I got it. It appears it was sent to bidders.
Who puts out a bid and tells people what they expect the bid to be?
It gets better. See below. Bidders are required to use one of the three local labor and materials vendors.
If limiting options isn’t bad enough, the contact person at Connect Transit is:
I doubt she is the owner, but a guy with the same name works at Weber Electric – it’s probably just a coincidence Weber is one of the three required electricians:
Now go back to how much Connect Transit pays for electricity per year – $51,600 a year.
After paying $1,700,000 to install solar panels, even if they provide 100% of the electricity Connect Transit needs to run their office and the new electric buses, it will take almost 33 years to break even.
Of course the sun doesn’t shine at night. Not much power is going to be generated when it’s cloudy. 100% of the power will never be generated.
Yes, taxpayers will be paying for them to feel good about themselves and pretend they are saving the planet.
(I’m just the messenger, no need to scream in my ear!)
If you think wind and solar will save the planet, better watch this. This guy used to think so too. Hint: People in France pay half as much for electricity than Germany. France generates with nuclear, Germany renewables.