Eaton County is looking to install solar panels on county buildings

CHARLOTTE, Michigan — The Eaton County Commission is set to vote on proposals that would make county buildings more energy efficient.

The project would replace coolers and roofs, add new electric vehicle charging stations and install solar panels on several buildings in the county.

The county commission is expected to vote on one of three options on Wednesday. The options come with prices ranging from $6.2 million to $12.1 million.

County Commissioner Terrance Augustine said much of the complex’s power could come from renewable sources.

“It will not be 100% of our energy created from the solar panels, but a good part of it will be especially during the day. We will power our main facility, the sheriff’s department, the health department and the juvenile facility,” Augustine said.

According to the plan, solar panels and panels would be installed on roofs and new structures.

“When we build the solar panels, we are going to have parking structures built. Solar panels are going to be installed on these parking structures. The ability to create 130 kilowatts of electricity, that opportunity is contained on the roof with our new roof,” said Commission Chairman Jeremy Whittum.

Whittum says first-year energy savings on the county courthouse are expected to be about $45,000.

The upgrades are expected to save the county nearly $5 million in energy costs over 20 years.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act and must be spent within three years according to officials.

If approved, work on the project will begin in May.

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