New York Town Adopts Solar on Municipal Buildings
Monday, October 25th 2010 10:00 AM
By GetSolar Staff.
Tonawanda - a town in far western New York - is going solar with installations on five of its municipal buildings.
In total, the solar panels will produce 25 kilowatts of electricity. That's enough, town technical support director Michael Kaiser said to the Tonawanda News, to power three average homes.
"It will be enough to run our administration areas, plus or minus a few other entities," he indicated.
Going solar will lead to long-term cost savings for Tonawanda. Kaiser estimates that the panels will save enough energy to pay for themselves within 10 to 15 years.
Individuals, businesses and nonprofits looking to go solar - in New York State and elsewhere - can save a significant amount of money on their solar arrays if they're eligible for rebates from their utility or the state or federal governments.
While the amount of solar rebates varies from state to state - New York's Energy Research and Development Authority provides rebates of $1.75 per installed watt, up to $12,250 for residential systems - finding the right mix of rebates can make solar power a money-saving proposition.