Lewis County Gets Ready To Power Up With Solar EnergyPosted: Updated:
Nearly 8,000 solar panels stand tall just outside of the village of Lowville. They're ready to power critical parts of Lewis County.
"It's been in the process for over a year now and we're excited to get to to the final stage and get it up and running and we can start saving money," said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche.
The system will generate electricity to National Grid and help offset energy used by Lewis County General Hospital and county buildings like the sheriff's department that the panels sit behind.
"The power that's generated, about 85 percent goes to each of the facilities, with 25 percent going to the hospital," said Lewis County Planning Director Frank Pace.
And going green will save plenty of green. Over the next 20 years, the county expects to save about $3.4 million.
"Green energy investments we know can save money in the long run. It's something that we value in our community and it's something we want to continue to be a leader in," said Piche.
Before the project gets the green light to officially start producing power, workers are doing some final testing on the system.
"To make sure that the grid is acknowledging the power that's being generated and vice versa with the safety features that they have for any emergency shutoffs that are necessary with it," said Pace.
County officials hope to flip the switch in the next couple of weeks and start using sun power to keep Lewis County lit.