Catching some rays

The panels are guaranteed for 25 years, but MacFarland said it is likely the panels would last longer.

Since electricity prices could rise in the future, solar panels help offset increases, said MacFarland.

Before Christopher Koetzle became supervisor, he contacted John Hamor, who used to work for NYPA, when Koetzle was a councilman. Hamor, now working for Four Corners Energy, LLC., said was pleased to see that the town move forward with installing solar panels.

"The town has to be willing to go forward and this is one town that is," said Hamor. "We work with a couple of other towns and counties around here to try and do these things this is a great initiative."

Also, having the touch screen with accessible, detailed information is a good benefit for local students, said Hamor. He said it could help spark students' interest and curiosity in the science behind the solar panels.

"Part of this is really starting to educate the public on the use of solar and how it works and how much it saves, so the educational component became a very important educational component to the project," said Koetzle. "They can choose any dates and find out exactly how much we saved."

On the second floor in the building there is a room where all the power comes into and enters the three inverters, which convert DC power to AC power. After going into the breaker box the power meter will either take the energy off the town's bill.

"On a weekend potentially when we are really not consuming that much power it would actually spin the meter backwards and it would come off our bill, because we are putting energy back out to the grid," said MacFarland.

When Koetzle was a councilman he said he was looking at the budget and how to control costs and noticed the energy costs were a bid part of the town's expenses.

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