Hoag gets $250K worth of solar power

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The south-side roof on the Hoag Library is now covered in solar panels. The library is working with Arista Power on the renewable project. The worker pictured is running conduit through the roof today.

The state is paying half of the $256,000 costs, providing a $54,000 library construction grant and other rebates through the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority.

The library is financing $128,000, its share of the project. The anticipated electricity savings should pay off the library’s share of the project within 18 years, perhaps sooner, said Kevin Doherty, president of the library’s board.

The library was approved for state funds for the project when the new building was constructed in 2011-12, but Doherty said the board held off on the project until the cost of solar came down and the efficiency went up.