New solar panels to save Tompkins County $13,000

Solar arrays planned for installation on 7 county buildings...

By Andrew Casler via The Ithaca Journal, 11/9/12

With solar panels getting installed on government buildings, county government will net $13,000 in annual savings, according to officials.

Solar arrays are planned for installation on seven Tompkins County government buildings, they constitute 235 kilowatts total and they’re leased for 15 years. The panels cost $14,000 annually to lease, and they’ll gather $27,000 gross annual savings, according to county officials.

The panels will supply more than 10 percent of the seven buildings’ electricity, according to Ed Marx, Tompkins County commissioner of planning and community sustainability.

Panels already have been installed at the County’s Emergency Response Center and Public Works Facility, according to a Tompkins County press release. Installations at the Tompkins County Courthouse, Human Services Building, Health Department, Human Services Annex and Public Safety Building are scheduled.

Each installation takes about two days.

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