NATICK – Solar panels could save taxpayers nearly $1 million.
The School Committee is expected to vote Monday on a contract to allow the installation of nearly 3,000 solar panels at Natick High School.
The 20-year contract between the town and Amaresco Inc. could save $950,000 over the life of the deal, according to Jillian Wilson-Martin, Natick’s sustainability director.
The School Committee is expected to approve the deal, interim Superintendent Anna Nolin said.
The panels, arranged in a canopy above parked cars, would be located in two spots – 972 is the estimated number in the parking lot next to Memorial Field; and, 1,758 in the high school lot.
Officials expect the Memorial Field solar canopy would be done first. The earliest that could happen is next spring, Wilson-Martin said.
Residents would not see the savings in their electricity bill. Wilson-Martin said there are “guaranteed” credits based on the amount of energy generated and how it runs through the distribution grid. The credits would reduce the electricity bills at the schools. (read more)
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