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Recreation Complex awarded renewable energy grant
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WPPI Energy Services Representative Jim Schwingle presents the grant check to Symons Recreation Complex Director Denise Lins.

Symons Recreation Complex (SRC) on the University of Wisconsin-Richland Center campus has been awarded a $6,750 grant for a new solar photovoltaic system.

The Renewable Energy Grants for Non-Profits RFP program, offered by City Utilities of Richland Center and power supplier WPPI Energy, awarded the grant through a competitive request for proposals process.  

The 13.68-kilowatt project features pole-mounted solar panels. The renewable energy system will produce over 16,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which will offset the facility’s energy bills by an estimated $1,700. 

Built as a gift to the community by John and Edith Symons, Symons Recreation Complex (SRC) is operated by the City of Richland Center and Richland County. The facility is open to the public and features an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, two racquetball courts and two exercise rooms with cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment. 

SRC is one of the first organizations to receive a grant through the program, available for selected renewable energy projects that help lower energy costs and promote a commitment to the environment. Schools, universities, units of government and other 501(c)(3) IRS qualified entities served by City Utilities of Richland Center and the 50 other WPPI Energy member utilities may apply.