Cohoes mayor proposes switching city to clean, renewable energy

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COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Cohoes mayor announced on Tuesday that the city is going green.

Mayor Shawn Morse said the city has a 2.6 megawatt solar photovoltaic and LED lighting project underway, which is expected to save the city millions of dollars.

It’s one of the biggest projects in the history of the city. The power that’s generated by the solar energy will mainly be allocated to city hall, the fire station and the library.

“We’re saving $7 million over the next 25 years,” Morse said. “Over the next ten years, it’s an average of $200,000 a year.”

The mayor said the project will help provide renewable energy and help manage electric utility bills. The city is currently working with the company Solomon Energy in deciding where the off-site location will be.

“Solar is the wave of the future and not having to put it on your buildings and deal with the maintenance of those and the concerns that some people have seen with solar on top of the roofs,” Morse said.

The final agreement is expected to be signed over the next few weeks. It will provide a system size of 2.6 million watts direct current and will produce over 3.4 million kilowatt hours in the first year.

“We’re going to deliver an incredible of savings to our citizens, and we just want them to know this is another example – this is one of the things – we’re working towards to improve the city of Cohoes,” Morse said.

Most of the power will be dedicated to generating 95 percent of the street lighting,which is the biggest cost of the city. The proposals include not only renewable energy but also substantial savings that can be applied to other items on the budget such as public safety, parks and roads.

The mayor said one of the best things about the project is that it will not cost taxpayers anything.

The city is now in the process of deciding where to build this project, but they’re hoping it’ll be up and running within 12 months.

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