Hershey facility in Pennsylvania installs solar panels

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

The Penn Bar Hotel restaurant, which is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was recently outfitted with 72 solar panels to help power the facility, according to a release. 

The solar panels, which are located on the facility's roof, produce 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, and help power the various products in the restaurant, from big screen televisions to the air conditioner.

According to the release, hotel co-owner Jay Franklin "warmed" up to the idea of solar panels for the building while he researched green technology for some of his customers in another business venture.

"I believe in renewable energy," Franklin asserted. "Why we dig miles into the earth to get oil, when there is more sunlight hitting the earth than we could ever use, is beyond me. I just wish we had a bigger roof!"

Another benefit of these specific solar panels, said Franklin, is that they are tucked away on the roof and not visible to spectators on the street. This, Franklin explained, helps keep the panels discreet in the historic town of Hershey.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that solar panels have also been installed on equipment in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Square, helping to charge batteries for devices used during concerts in the area.

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