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Mason City library again seeks solar plant on roof to lower energy costs

Mason City library
Mason City library
MASON CITY – In an effort to lower its energy costs, the Mason City library is again seeking approval from the city council to install a solar energy plant on its roof.

The Mason City library board has worked with city administrator Brent Trout in forming a request for proposals from interested contractors for the installation of a solar energy plant. Documents do not specify how much energy the plant might produce, but it is outlined that the plant would lower the library’s annual electricity power costs by at least $18,000 a year.

The cost of the plant to the city would be $100,000 in capitol funds up front and then after 7 years, the library could purchase the plant from the contractor for $185,000. The solar panels are guaranteed for 25 years.

The library has been on a tight budget for years, ever since a major remodeling project was substantially completed back in 2011. At one time, the closing of parts of the library was contemplated, due to budget shortfalls. This project would help alleviate some of the budget issues.

The city council will consider the proposal Tuesday night at its regular meeting.

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