Charleston jail may soon be solar panel Mecca (updated: installation compete, savings begin)

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Update August 5: The $325,000 solar panel array has been installed on the roof of the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

The Charleston Regional Business Journal reports that the system was installed as part of an expansion project for the detention center, with an estimated savings of $888,372 over the 30-year life of the solar panels.

Update November 30: The Post and Courier is giving the idea a big thumbs up and saying the move could inspire others to reap the benefits of solar power.

Go take a read of their column.

First reporting: Charleston County detention center's roofs may become home to the largest array of solar panels in the Lowcountry.

With the highest electricity bill in the county and a $100 million expansion in the works, the newly installed panels would offset a portion of the power needs and save taxpayers a big chunk their hard earned money. Hop over to The Post and Courier for the story.


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