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Monroe County considers solar power with new proposal

Rochester Business Journal
September 8, 2015

Monroe County could soon be home to the largest solar installation in Upstate New York.

The Monroe County Legislature is expected to take up a proposal to install solar panels that officials say will save taxpayers $7.3 million over the course of the next 20 years.

County Executive Maggie Brooks joined Nathan Rizzo, vice president of Solar Liberty, to announce the legislation submitted to the county legislature for consideration this evening.

The solar panel arrays will produce 11 mega-watts of power, generating $366,000 annually to offset utility bills by buying the electricity generated from the solar panels and selling it to the grid, officials said. 

“I am proud to announce yet another cost-savings that will serve local taxpayers through reduced energy costs, and put Monroe County on the map with the largest solar installation in Upstate New York,” Brooks said. “This project not only demonstrates our commitment to being ethical stewards of the local environment, but shows how we continue to embrace green initiatives that ultimately protect our community for future generations.”

The solar arrays would be installed at two sites, the closed Gloria Drive Landfill in Penfield and another adjacent to the Northwest Quadrant Treatment Plant in Greece. The sites were selected to yield the best solar power results while minimizing visual impact to the community, officials said.

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What You're Saying 

Joe Clement at 5:01:32 PM on 9/8/2015
Wouldn't an outright purchase of a solar system save the taxpayers 3 to 4 times more than this proposed power purchase agreement? Monroe County save big bucks and purchase the system yourself and reap all the savings.
Eric Baller at 6:27:02 PM on 9/8/2015
Yes, often true for individuals and businesses that pay taxes. Unfortunately, the county can't take advantage of all the tax credits available. A third party can use those credits and (hopefully) pass the benefit on through lower rates, as well as take care of maintenance to...  Read More >

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