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October 21, 2014, 3:46 am
970 WMAY News

Springfield Airport Makes Big Investment In Solar Technology -- For Small Annual Savings

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is investing more than $28,000 in a solar panel project… that will save the airport only about $900 a year in electric charges. 


That means it would take around 30 years to recover the investment in the panels, which will be used to heat the water supply for the main passenger terminal.  But airport director Mark Hanna says nearly half the cost is being covered by a private grant from a foundation underwritten by Commonwealth Edison.  That means the project will pay for itself in around 15 years, perhaps sooner if electric prices continue to climb.

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