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Solar panel project powers saving, Schenectady officials say

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Updated: 6/24/2013 1:05 pm

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Schenectady County and a local solar energy company have installed six solar panels on six County buildings, which officials expect will save taxpayers money in the upcoming months.

"We all enjoy sunny summertime weather, but for me and my colleagues on the County Legislature, long sunny days are especially nice because they increase our electric power savings," said County Legislator Martin Finn, chair of the Legislature's Committee on Economic Development and Planning

Under the agreement between the County and Monolith Solar Associates, Schenectady County receives a 30 percent discount on all electricity produced by the solar panels, which were installed at no cost to the County.

Since 2012, Monolith Solar Associates has installed 50 kilowatt solar systems on the County Recreation Center (Ice Rink) in Glenville, the Rotterdam Branch of the Schenectady County Library, the County Highway Department buildings on Keller Ave. in Rotterdam, and three systems on the County Business Center building on Albany St. in Schenectady.  

Approvals are in place for two more installations and the company has agreed to install from four to six more systems.

Finn says the County expects to save $25,000 on electricity bills in 2013 and anticipates savings totaling $50,000 when the additional solar systems are installed.

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