Solar Panels in City Building
Police station, the fire department and water treatment plant are just the few buildings in St. Cloud that will start using solar panels for cleaner energy.
â€œConstruction is scheduled to begin this fall, with the panels generating energy by early next year,â€ public service director, Patrick Shea said.
The installation of the solar panels on these buildings will begin this year, but they have no specific date yet when it will start.
These solar panels are expected to produce 470,000 kilowatt hours next year, which is the same amount of energy produced by more than 352,000 pounds of coal.
â€œThe solar panels use a flush mount design where the panels are close to the roof. Unless you’re flying over, you won’t know what you’re looking at,â€ Shea said.
â€œAll of the electricity generated by the rooftop solar panels will be used at city facilities, and will save the city between $5,000 and $8,000 each year in energy costs,Â â€œShea added.