FREDONIA – The state university of new York at Fredonia is continuing its push for green energy.
A new solar panel system that is expected to save $1,750 a year on utility costs has been placed into operation at Fredonia’ College Lodge.
The system is projected to generate nearly 15,000 kWh of power a year — enough to meet 70 percent of total electricity needs of the lodge, which is located south of Brocton, and owned and operated by Fredonia’s Faculty Student Association.
FSA Executive Director Darin Schulz indicated the solar panel system, purchased for $32,000 from Orchard Park-based FreedomSolar, will pay for itself in 17 years. It has a useful productive life of more than 30 years.
The solar panels replace a windmill system, installed five years ago, that suffered a catastrophic failure after being struck by lightning in May.