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Council examining potential benefits of solar power

— :We hope to have some pictures in front of the town soon and a going forward plan to install as the weather and [the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] permits,” said Brienza.

The NYSERDA make tax breaks and credits available to solar energy projects for private companies, though not municipalities such as the town of Saranac, said Delaney. The idea would be if the town were to contract with Triangle Electric for solar energy services, the rate would be lower based off the tax incentives the private business could get to provide the service.

“[Triangle Electric] would take care of the system. We would supply the piece of property for the array,” said Delaney.

Though the study is moving forward, Delaney emphasized no agreement is set in stone for the town to switch to solar power.

“The main driver of this will be if the town can save enough money for it to be a viable project,” said Delaney. “We haven’t come up with any numbers yet. That’s what this study will do.”

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