Marana News: Marana investigating a solar future


This story appears in the Aug. 23 edition of the Marana News

The Marana Town Council approved a resolution 5-2 to assess and possibly implement a solar-energy system that could save the town up to $5.7 million over 25 years.

Since 2007, the cost of electric through Tucson Electric Power and Trico Electric Cooperative has gone up 37 percent, while solar has dropped 31 percent, said Marana Deputy Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta at the Aug. 15 town council meeting. The town’s electric bill is currently a little over $1.1 million a year. 

Mehta presented a proposal for a 20-year contract with SOLON Corporation, the large-scale solar company based in Tucson that installed solar panels at the Marana Health Center and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Administration Office.

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