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Danbury considers placing solar panels on library, 5 schools

The Danbury City Council is considering installing solar panels on five schools and the library.  An ad hoc committee recently discussed the project that's expected to save millions in energy costs.  Most of the $13.1 million cost would be reimbursed through state grants.  The installations would be done at Broadview, Rogers Park and Westside middle schools, King Street Primary, and Danbury High School and its carport. 

State School Construction grants would pay for $8 million.  Eversource’s Zero Emission Renewable Energy Certification program also offers credits that would be applied toward lease payments. 

Johnson Controls, Inc. will design and engineer the arrays.  A $97,600 fee would be waived if given the go-ahead within 60 days of state grant approvals. 

Construction would be done next summer.  Ellsworth Avenue and Park Avenue elementary schools already have solar panels.  Danbury will submit an application for the state state grant by next week.

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