Tri States Public Radio Staff
High Visibility Location
Mon May 20, 2013
Solar Panels for Port of Burlington
The Port of Burlington will soon be an example of “going green.”
Ten 240-watt solar panels will be installed on the western side of the building’s roof.
The idea came from the Burlington’s renewable energy and energy conservation advisory committee.
Chairman Jerry Parks says the project serves several purposes.
“It will be both a demonstration of the solar panels for the public and it will obviously generate energy to offset the energy of the building,” says Parks.
He says a monitoring system will be placed inside the building so people can see the amount of energy generated by the solar panels.
Parks say the project is expected to cost about $9,400. Committee members will handle the installation at the Port of Burlington.
Parks says the location is significant as the solar panels will be visible to people driving towards Burlington’s riverfront or along the Mississippi River Bridge.