The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) has been awarded a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in the amount of $90,000. This grant, in combination with the NSMAD’s capital improvements fund, will be used to install a 30Kw photovoltaic system designed to provide 100 percent of the electrical energy needs of the district building in Northbrook.

“The NSMAD Trustees are unanimous in their desire to initiate projects that are both eco-friendly and cost-effective. Our new solar project will lessen our dependence on fossil fuel energy and in the near future will result in monthly electric bills amounting to zero dollars, thus lowering operating costs,” according to Bill Zimmer, president of the NSMAD board of trustees.

The photovoltaic system will be installed in the spring of 2012.

The installation of the solar panels is part of a five-year plan that began with improvements to the existing building, installing energy efficient lighting, a new roof with R20 insulation and new thermal pane windows. In addition to making the NSMAD’s offices more environmentally friendly, the NSMAD continues to utilize the latest, most ecologically friendly, products when conducting mosquito control operations.

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District serves the community in the interest of public health by working to reduce the regional mosquito population so as to decrease the possibility of mosquito-borne diseases and minimize exposure to mosquitoes.