Kingston powering city services with solar panels

5:30 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Residents in Kingston will get some help from the sun to power their city.

Starting Tuesday, the Kingston Water Treatment Plant will start using solar panels to help power some city services, including the water treatment plant.

The city installed 200 solar panels cells that should generate around 50 kilowatt hours annually.

The contractor says that's enough electricity to power 10 homes for an entire year.

Kingston's mayor says the goal is to show the city is ready to move forward, more than 4 years after it made headlines for an energy disaster.

"It's letting the people know that the city of Kingston is alive and well. It's an aggressive city, and even though we were hammered by the ash spill 4 and a half years ago, we're alive and kicking,'" said Mayor Troy Beets.

Beets says the city isn't done yet.  They have applied for another 800 solar panels that would be installed across the street.

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