Now the City is completing its second significant installation -- on top of the biggest vendor shed in the Public Market. The project is mounting 66 solar panels, each 2 by 3 feet and able to produce about 225 Kilowatts. At peak efficiency the array can yield about 15,000 watts of electricity.
According to the D&C the solar installation was paid for with, “$48,000 from the city’s allotment of federal renewable-energy economic stimulus funds, plus $24,000 from New York state.”
This is a significant project not just because of the energy savings for the taxpayers and vendors but for its educational effect. Tens of thousands of people visit the Public Market every year. The city is making plans to provide information and education around the installation. This will give residents and visitors an opportunity to see a comprehensive alternative energy project at work.
The City of Rochester is demonstrating significant public leadership installing and educating the community to the benefits of alternate energy.