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The thrill of going green

Local BOCEDS center hopes to save money with new solar panels

The new parking structure with solar panels outside the  F. Donald Mye.rs Education Center in Saratoga Springs

The new parking structure with solar panels outside the F. Donald Mye.rs Education Center in Saratoga Springs

— “We have to stay competitive with programs and the only way to do that is to get costs down as low as we can get them,” said Waters

In the future, WSWHE BOCES is hoping to do more with solar energy to power its facilities. They are waiting to see how well the current panels work before investing more in the technology.

“Right now, without the incentive money to install them the payback is too long,” said Waters.

But the panels are helping students in Career in Technical Education trade classes with their lessons. Soon students will get some hands-on training, while monitoring from the from a computer system how much power is generated by the panels, and much power is being saved. Waters said the students are excited.

“It’s a great project for reducing energy in the buildings and that’s our biggest cost, so if we can whittle away at that, we will be better budget wise,” he said.

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