COLLEGE HILL (FOX19) - The College Hill Recreation Center is working to conserve energy and save the city some money at the same time.
FOX19's Dan Wells is reporting live on top of the College Hill Rec Center where solar panels have been installed.
Wells tells FOX19 that the city will benefit by buying electricity at a lower cost. The city has actually doubled its solar energy since 2010, decreasing the carbon footprint by 1,000 tons a year.
The solar panels will generate 154 kilowatts of energy installed at no cost to the city.
The Sun Team is paying $500,000 for the solar system and the city will agree to purchase energy generated from the system at rates that start out equivalent to current energy prices, remaining low and fixed for 20 years.
Neil Chaudhry, CEO of Solar Power & Light states, "SP&L is dedicated to bringing clean energy jobs, new technologies and innovations to Ohio while helping to protect the environment and achieve energy independence. This renewable energy project will create energy savings for the city's taxpayers and support solar jobs in Ohio."
The installation of a solar energy system at the College Hill Recreation Center will build on previous successes had by the city with solar panels such as the ones at Duke Energy Convention Center, Findlay Market, Metropolitan Sewer District and Water Works.