Posted at: 08/12/2013 1:14 PM
| Updated at: 08/12/2013 1:47 PM
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - Newly installed solar panels on a building near the State Office campus are expected to generate enough power to cover 25 homes.
Monolith Solar Associates toured the rooftop set-up this morning at a building near the State Office campus.
360 modules will produce 100 thousand watts of electricity.
That's power that does not have to be generated by burning coal or using nuclear or other generation sources.
“Efforts like this remind us that it’s good economic policy, it’s good energy policy, it’s good environment policy, and it’s also good foreign policy,” said Rep. Paul Tonko - (D) Amsterdam.
Federal and state incentives cover roughly two-thirds of the solar panel cost.
Monolith officials say it will take about five years of electric production here to cover the expense.
After that, the energy is basically free to produce.