The Jennings County Public Library is hoping to save $60,000 a year by installing solar panels on its roof.
The city council approved the project last night.
The library will circulate the energy produced by the solar panels back into the building. Jennings County Public Library director Mary Hougland says if enough energy is produced, the library should have no electricity expenses.
“We’re hoping to set a bench mark to go out there and say hey look what we did, look how we’re saving tax payer’s monies, follow our lead, you can do it too,” Hougland said.
The library issuing a $700,000 bond that will pay for the initial investment of installing the solar panels as well as replacing the building’s lights with more efficient LED lights.
The library is partnered with Johnson Melloh Solutions, one of the companies partnered with the Indianapolis Airport solar farm.
If the project proves to be a success, Hougland says Jennings County could pursue other energy saving projects in the future.
The library’s website, marquee, and a TV in the lobby will display how much energy is being produced and publicize how much money is saved with solar energy.