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schertz library \'going green\' with solar power
Self-owned buildings using solar panels.
Schertz received a grant of $589,000 from the project, most of which was paid through the federal stimulus fund.
The grant will be 80-
For 20% games, the state offered $490,928 and the remaining $98,185 was paid by the city.
The director of parks, entertainment and community services said the grant was the first step in the city\'s plans to become more eco-friendlyfriendly.
\"This is part of our strategic planning efforts,\" Logan said . \".
\"The city wants to be greener.
Basically, the city is trying to be a \"green\" leader in local government in our region.
\"The project will include the installation of 320 panels on the roof of the library.
Logan said the project is expected to take six to eight months to complete.
Once the solar panels are in place, Logan says the library\'s electricity bill can be reduced by 20 to 25% a year, saving $7,500 a year.
He noted that the use of solar panels for the library would give the city a rebate cheque of $10,000, adding that the rebate would help to pay part of the city\'s Grant.
As part of the grant requirements, the installation of solar panels will include an educational section.
\"There will be a touch screen interactive kiosk in the library,\" Logan said . \".
\"People who visit the library will see how we reduce power consumption by using solar panels every year, every week and every day.
\"The director of library services said that educational kiosks will be placed in the children\'s area of the library to give them the opportunity to learn about solar energy.
\"It will be very interesting for children to monitor our solar energy usage,\" she explained . \".
With solar panels, Douglas says, the rest of the library can take advantage of the money saved.
The library will become the first city.
Building with solar panels, this is not Schertz\'s first building with solar panels.
This distinction belongs to northeast OB/GYN Associates, the company\'s 10,000-square-foot building was the first solar-powered building in the city when it opened in September.