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9:24 a.m. EDT, April 2, 2014
AVON — A proposal to put solar panels on two school buildings will be discussed when the town council and the board of education meet on Wednesday night.
The solar power program that the town would participate in is overseen by the state. Local officials are pusuing the idea in part because of commitments made last year to increase how much energy the town gets from renewable sources. It is expected that the panels would go on the roofs of Avon Middle School, Avon High School and possibly the public works department’s facility. In addition to being renewable, town officials anticipate that the electricity generated by the solar panels would cost less than buying it from traditional sources, according to town documents.
Tonight’s meeting is at 7 p.m. in the selectmen’s chambers in town hall.
No decisions on the solar power proposal are expected tonight and the council will hold a hearing on the plan when it meets on Thursday. A hearing is needed because the company installing and operating the solar panels would be given access to town buildings. The council is scheduled to act on the proposal on Thursday after the hearing and the school board is expected to take action when it meets on April 22, according to a schedule provided by the town.
Town staff are recommending that the contract for the solar panels be given to the California-based SolarCity. According to a PowerPoint presentation that town staff are expected to present to the council and the board tonight, SolarCity is the largest solar installer in the country and has already done work with other municipalities in Connecticut.
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