Waterford to unveil solar, energy-efficiency project

City officials will unveil a solar and energy-efficiency project Thursday afternoon that they say will save the city $2.3 million over 25 years.

The city worked with OpTerra Energy Services on the project, which includes solar panels; upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant; and replacing the city’s nearly 400 streetlights with light-emitting diodes, which last longer and use less electricity.

Work on the project has been completed.

The city’s goals with the project include reducing the city’s energy use. An example is that the new solar canopy at the community center will double as a gazebo for Waterford’s Concerts in the Park series.

The new streetlights are part of Waterford’s effort to revitalize and beautify downtown to help local businesses.

City and OpTerra officials will be on hand to answer questions, and tours will be available. The event will start at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 101 E St.