Salem highlights solar energy


Solar panels on the Salem Conference Center were purposefully placed so that they would be partially viewable from the street.

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Solar panels on the Salem Conference Center were purposefully placed so that they would be partially viewable from the street.

That way, they serve as a reminder of renewable energy to everyone in Salem.

In an advancing movement toward renewable sources of energy, the conference center and the city of Salem want people to see what is happening, [Cory Murman, project manager for InSpec Energy Solutions] said.

InSpec estimated the project would cost less than $618,000 from design to completion. The city has paid nothing out of pocket.

In exchange, the company provides the conference center power at a reduced rate, and receives payments from the utility for the energy put back on the grid. The city estimates the array will generate enough power to save the conference center a minimum of $27,000 during the course of the 15-year contract with InSpec.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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