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Quincy Housing Authority installs 665 solar panels

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A new project in Quincy is bringing 665 solar panels to Indian Hills.

The Quincy Housing Authority executive director says the 2.5 million dollar project will be worth it in the end.

Kayla Smith is a tenant in Indian Hills.

She says one day she heard a lot of noice, walked outside and saw metal beams.

Now relealizing they're solar panels, Smith says she's glad the Quincy Housing Authority is installing them.

"It honestly made me excited because it's really good for the earth too and it would help me utilities wise."

Kayla Smith | Indian Hills Tenant

The Quincy Housing Authority executive director says not only will this energy conserving project save them money, but it will also benefit tenants and tax payers too.

"There will be some savings with the units that will directly benefit tenants, but the majority of the program will benefit the housing authority over all."

Jerry Gille | Quincy Housing Authority Executive Director

A 20-year program Jerry Gille with the Housing Authority says is part of their contract with Johnson Controls that'll supply substantial electricity to 60 of their 200 units in that area.

Johnson Controls solutions development leader says this Energy Savings Performance Contract program wouldn't be possible without grants from the Illinois Power Authority and other utility rebates.

"If you have a space of land that's not being used…and we turned it into a solar system…you 'A' have green space and you have something that's on energy efficiency."

Dan Hawk | Johnson Controls Solutions Development Leader

Dan Hawk says this investment will save the housing authority 20-thousand dollars a year.

"I'll be excited when it's finally done and we can use those to our advantage," Smith said.

Gille says all of the panels are installed, but it will be about another six months until the project is complete.

Hawks says the program will include:

  • HVAC inprovements
  • Water conservation
  • LED lighting and appliance improvements

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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