County commissioner wants solar panels at tag offices

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County Commissioner Lacey Cruse is looking at putting solar panels at the tag office on Douglas and possibly other county buildings.

The cost is about a quarter of a million dollars for 345 solar panels for the Douglas tag office, but Cruse says the panels will pay for themselves.

“These solar panels are expected to last 30 to 40 years, and we will then have to replace those but once we pay them back in 12 to 13 years, we’ll see a savings of $15,000 annually,” said Cruse.

If the plan proves successful, the Cruse and the county would like to add solar panels to other county buildings.

Cruse says this would be a good way to reduce the county carbon footprint.

“We spend on average about $2.5 Million on utilities each year for all county buildings,” said Cruse. “We would like to explore ways to save taxpayer dollars in utility costs.”

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