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A solar-powered shine

"I went to a big [trade] show I go to all the time, and one guys did electric for $260,000," he said. "With the economy the way it is, who has $260,000? The water right now, it's priced right."

Apex, a Queensbury company, did the installation of 12 panels, just in time for the winter busy season. Other businesses in town are also embracing a green model"Appolo Heating and Cooling on Delaware Avenue installed solar electricity panels earlier this year.

The solar tubes are just the most visible component of Glenmont Car Wash's efforts at economy, though. O'Shaughnessy makes sure to use the most efficient nozzles and systems he can"the touchless car wash recycles about 70 percent of the water used per wash, for example.

For the owner, this obviously equates into cost savings. But O'Shaughnessy said money is just one of his motivations. Reducing his carbon footprint is a nice effect, too.

"You do things sometimes more than for one reason," he said. "There's a benefit to me, a benefit to my daughter maybe, a benefit to my grandchildren.""

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