(City of Laramie Parks and Recreation, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Laramie has a municipal goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The city is taking its “first major step toward carbon neutrality” with the installation of solar panels on both the Laramie Community Recreation Center and the Ice & Event Center, the City of Laramie said on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

“These facilities were selected for the inaugural solar investment for their impact toward the municipal goal of net neutrality and for their ability to serve as an educational site for the thousands of annual guests visiting both facilities each year,” the release states. “Once installation is complete, the public can track the impact of the project through on-site monitors, which will help to measure solar gain.”

“Monitoring data and other educational materials will be available at the Laramie Community Recreation Center, the Ice & Event Center, and social media.”

The City of Laramie has received a “Blue Sky Award” from Rocky Mountain Power to support the installation of the solar panels.

“Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program funds renewable energy projects in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho,” the release adds.

The City of Laramie will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project at 11 am Tuesday, Oct. 13. That will be held at the Ice & Event Center’s parking lot, located at 3510 East Garfield Street.

The ceremony will include speeches from Laramie city staff, Rocky Mountain Power and Creative Energies. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

“The City of Laramie would like to remind attendees that face coverings are required, and social distancing is encouraged,” the release adds. “Masks will be available at the ceremony.”