Muskogee Civic Heart Now House To Practically 900 Solar Panels

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The city of Muskogee is moving towards green energy as its civic center is one of the first urban buildings in Oklahoma to run partially on solar polarity.

From the street, the Muskogee Civic Center looks like it always has been, but up on the roof it’s a different story. According to Shawn Roberts, co-owner of ArrowPoint, it’s now covered by nearly 900 solar panels, one of the largest rooftop systems in Oklahoma.

“That size of a system would provide about 36 average households with electricity, so give you an idea of ​​how much electricity it generates in a year,” said Roberts.

Roberts said that was enough electricity to cut energy bills for the civic center by about half, preventing 340,000 pounds of coal from being burned each year. Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman said this was a big step for the city.

“In order for us to move forward as a community with this solar panel project, our community is ready to address the needs of the future while taking the necessary steps in the present,” said Coleman.

The project cost the city nearly half a million dollars, but Roberts said they could do it again in about 10 years. Roberts said the system could save the city a total of $ 2 million in 30 years.

“These steps, which the city council, the city council and its employees are taking, are essential to ensure that Muskogee remains a viable community for generations to come,” said Coleman.

The mayor hopes this project will lead to other solar projects across the city. The system is expected to be operational next week.

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