Town council debates possible $2 million savings with solar energy

Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 12:08 PM
posted by rene5432

The construction of a solar field in Moorestown, New Jersey, could save the township nearly $2 million over 15 years, but the construction could result in sizable upfront costs. The town council is examining the benefits of such an investment, the Moorestown Patch reports.

The township engineer Russell Trice told the township's council at a recent meeting that an array of solar panels could solely power the town's seven-acre sewage treatment plant. However, the plot of land's proximity to the Pennsauken Creek would require the township to obtain several permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Trice estimated that cost to be around $85,000.

In addition to the permit costs, other ancillary expenses for the design and engineering of the project could cost the township $200,000. Although the money may be difficult to come up with initially, Trice told the council that every dollar was reimbursable and then some.

Perkasie Borough, Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles north of Philadelphia, is also considering the benefits of a solar power installation, the Intelligencer reports. Three alternative energy companies are vying for a contract to install solar panels on borough-owned land. 

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