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San Miguel finishes solar project

Solar panels have been installed atop the San Miguel Community Services District fire station. The district is holding elections for two four-year seats on its board of directors.
Solar panels have been installed atop the San Miguel Community Services District fire station. The district is holding elections for two four-year seats on its board of directors.

The San Miguel Community Services District expects to save at least $600 per month in energy costs during peak summer months following last week’s installation of solar panels at its fire station and administrative building.

The district said in a news release that the 12 kilowatt/DC roof mount installation will provide between 90 and 100 percent of the building’s electricity.

The total cost of the panels and installation came at approximately $39,000, said district general manager Darrell Gentry.

District board President Larry Reuck said in a written statement that work was completed by local company Cal Paso Solar.

Reuck wrote that the panels are expected to have paid for themselves within about eight years.

The district encourages customers to track its energy usage by visiting sanmiguelcsd.org.

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