Monaca's new solar array to help power borough offices
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 4:55 PM
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MONACA -- Borough officials don’t want the sunshine to go away any time soon.

About 200 solar panels were installed at the borough reservoir this fall and are already producing energy, Borough Manager Mario Leone Jr. said.

“It is offsetting approximately 42 percent of our energy consumption,” Leone said.

The $150,000 project was paid for, in part, by a $75,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Leone said that within seven to nine years, the borough will have “broken even” on the cost because of energy cost savings.

The solar array began producing energy in December, and early last month monitoring capabilities were installed. Now, borough officials can go online to see how much energy each unit is producing, Leone said.

 

Ultimately, a link to that information will be available on the borough’s website for residents to view, he said. Leone hopes to share the information with Central Valley School District teachers as well.

“CV school teachers can share this data with their students in hopes of possibly incorporating this solar applications into both their science and/or math curriculums,” Leone said. “We hope to leverage this solar sustainability project as an educational tool to further raise awareness to our community on the benefits of solar and other forms of alternative energy.”

The life span of the solar panels is estimated at 25 to 30 years.

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