FBTX ~ Taking a giant green step forward, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the installation of solar panels on three City facilities, expected to generate more than 850,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Under the plan, solar panels will be installed on the roofs of the Manske Library, the Community Recreation Center and new Fire Station No. 2. Between the three facilities, 859,280 kilowatt hours of electricity are expected to be recovered. Officials said that total equates to reducing emissions from 1.5 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, 68,363 gallons of gasoline and 1,407 barrels of oil.
The project is expected to pay for its slightly more than $1 million price tag by year nine of the 30-year project (after about $267,000 in ONCOR incentives). During the three-decade term of the project, the solar panels are expected save the City nearly $2.8 million in energy costs. All figures are estimates, subject to the fluctuation of future electrical markets. The panels are expected to be installed on each of the three facilities by November 30.