28 May '13, 5pm

Kansas City to install solar panels on 80 municipal buildings, save taxpayers $40k/year

Kansas City has announced that it's going to put leased solar panels on about 80 municipal buildings, including police and fire department buildings and most of the city’s community centers. The solar panels will be leased from Brightergy , in what seems like a similar deal to what SolarCity does. The city is expecting to save $40,000 over the first year, with savings increasing over time. Good deal for taxpayers, especially since there's no upfront capital cost (that's the big benefit of leasing). All cities in relatively sunny places should do things like these, especially if leasing deals are available (this removes most of the risk of building and operating the systems -- all that's left is the electricity savings and cleaner power). © Brightergy The solar units on the 80 buildings could together supply all the power needed by 200 homes. Some city governments, such as ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-investments/kansas-city-i...

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