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Solar savings coming to Clay

Solar panels, like these outside Warner Energy LLC on Morgan Road, will be installed this summer at Clay's town hall and highway facilities.

Solar panels, like these outside Warner Energy LLC on Morgan Road, will be installed this summer at Clay's town hall and highway facilities. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— Ulatowski said he approached Warner Energy a few years ago to ask for their help in making the town more energy-efficient.

“The town of Clay is interested in pursuing solar energy for the dual purpose of reducing and stabilizing energy costs and to follow through on the town’s longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and energy conservation,” said Zach Drescher of Warner Energy. “In addition, this upcoming installation is one more positive step showcasing the evolution of the Town of Clay, and their never-ending commitment to being an innovative and forward thinking leader in our community.”

Headquartered in Liverpool, Warner Energy designs and develops solar projects for clients throughout the US and distributes solar modules and related components to solar installers. Warner is a subsidiary of the Drescher Company, which also owns the Cicero-based Paul deLima Coffee Company. The Warner Energy campus on Morgan Road includes a technology development laboratory, solar module manufacturing lines, meteorological monitoring station, solar module testing and demonstration arrays, with a focus center for research, development and manufacturing of new renewable technologies.

The system that will eventually be installed in Clay is comprised of 396 high-efficiency solar panels, each with a capacity of 250 watts. The solar panels and related electrical equipment convert sunlight into power which can be used to run lighting and electrical equipment within the town’s facilities.

The use of such technology is cleaner and more efficient than fossil fuels, saving not only money, but the environment, as well. Dresher said it is estimated that every year, for at least the next 25 years, the clean, renewable energy generated by the system installed at Town Hall will offset the emission of roughly 45 metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to more than 5,000 gallons of gasoline, 104 barrels of oil, the electricity usage of over five homes, or the carbon sequestered by planting 9.7 acres of pine forest.

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