County spends $1.3 million on solar energy

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — Eagle County’s government will spend $1.3 million for solar panels that they say will save $90,000 a year on the county’s utility bills.For that $1.3 million, the county bought 4,445 solar panels at Clean Energy Collective’s array at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle.That purchase will add another 500 kilowatts of solar power to the county’s portfolio.The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,932 kilowatt hours, an average of 911 hours per month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.To make the purchase, the commissioners dipped into the county’s reserve funds.Sixth solar purchaseThis …

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