Shelburne hopes solar deal for library will save money

Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 11:02 AM EDT
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Officials in Shelburne hope a plan to install solar panels on the roof of the new community library can save the town $300,000 over the 25-year life of the project.

Shelburne Town Manager Lee Krohn tells the Burlington Free Press he expects town officials to approve the 500-kilowatt energy contract.

In November 2017, town voters approved a $6.5 million bond for the construction of a two-story building with community space to replace the old library.

The solar contract comes after town officials learned of unforeseen contamination in the soil after the previous library was demolished to make room for the new structure. Krohn says the unexpected costs of collecting and disposing of the contaminated soil would cost about $100,000.

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