More metro cities are installing collectors, but some question subsidies and projected savings.
January 27, 2014 - They weren’t easy votes, but Crystal has joined a growing number of metro-area cities that are installing solar collectors on municipal buildings in hopes of saving money by using renewable energy that also reduces pollution.
The City Council voted 4 to 3 last spring to install about 40 kilowatts’ worth of solar panels on the Community Center roof, which began making electricity in July. After seeing how it worked, the council again voted 4 to 3 last fall to install another 80 kilowatts of panels on City Hall and on another building by May, said Public Works Director Tom Mathisen. The projects will cost about $1 million altogether, with a $66,000 down payment on the latter two. read more>>>