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Quincy goes solar with two upcoming energy efficient projects

Posted at 4:46 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 04:46:19-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Quincy has two projects in the works to help make the city more energy efficient.

One brings the first solar field to the city the other improves their utility grid system.

These solar panels will allow Quincy to generate it's own solar-energy which will lower electrical rates.

This soon to be solar field will also power the sewage lift-station saving the city even more.

Crews are expected to start construction in the next few months with the solar panels being completed in about 18-months.

"We get a lot of sun in Florida so might as well use it to our advantage of it and let it work to our benefit. With that helping offset the cost of what we would have to purchase to power a lift station is now ran on solar, that's a cost savings that we're going to see immediately," said Mayor Pro-Tem Ronte Harris.

This solar project will cost 4.2 million dollars 80 percent of that will be covered by a state grant.

The city is trying to finish their utility smart grid project which will let neighbors see their usage in real-time figure out what's being used most and harden Quincy's grid system.