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One CNY Farm Goes Solar

One CNY Farm Goes Solar

SPAFFORD, N.Y. (AP) _ A central New York dairy farm expects to save $30,000 a year on its electric bill with its new solar panels, installed for about $900,000 including a state grant.

Fesko Dairy in Spafford recently installed about 1,000 solar panels on a little more than an acre. The solar array is expected to generate 303 kilowatts of electricity, about 80 percent of what the 600-cow dairy uses in a year.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided a $368,000 grant for the project.

The farm is about 15 miles southwest of Syracuse near Skaneateles Lake. It had first planned to build a windmill for electricity. But it scrapped that plan because residents of the scenic area thought it would mar the view.

 

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