Fruita going green with solar garden

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The city of Fruita is going green.

They signed onto a 20-year long contract with Oak Leaf Energy partners to get electricity from a solar garden for all the city-run buildings.

This won't go into effect until next year. The city is looking at two different solar gardens, both of those are set to open in June of 2018.

The long-term goal is to get 100% of their power from these solar gardens.

"So knowing that these facilities are being powered through alternative energy programs can make sure we're doing the best to provide the best value to our residents and customers," said Ken Haley, the city's public works director.

The city won't have to pay any upfront costs to enter the partnership.

Over the entire 20 years, the Haley said they should expect to save around $750,000 total.

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