East Hampton Village officials look to solar solution

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The East Hampton Village Board of Trustees is considering installing solar panels on the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street, Village Hall on Main Street, and Department of Public Works headquarters on Accabonac Road in order to save costs and cut back on the use of electricity.

According to Village Administrator Larry Cantwell, taxpayers spend between $10,000 and $12,000 a year to power the public works and village hall buildings, and another $80,000 per year on the Emergency Services Building, which houses the village’s police and fire departments and operates 24 hours a day.

Mr. Cantwell said that he expects ?the company Green Logic Energy, an alternative energy firm that has ?offices in Southampton and Southold, to make a presentation at the Village Board of Trustees work session on ?May 1.

He said that the presentation would include a cost-benefit analysis of the project as well as information on where the panels would be installed and what they would look like.

Aside from wanting to pursue an environmentally friendly energy policy, Mr. Cantwell said, village officials are interested in the idea for its cost savings. They need more information on how much the panels would cost to install and how much money they could save before they can make a decision, he said.

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