EDITOR’S NOTE: The investment in these solar energy projects has been broken down in detail, as provided by the Energy Affairs Administration today.
The central town of Adjuntas has joined the renewable energy wave, getting $1.2 million to install solar panels atop municipal buildings and spur residential weatherization initiatives, town officials said Thursday.
Solar panels are already powering the town’s City Hall and the University of Puerto Rico’s Agricultural Experimental Station, while 234 homes have already upgraded their energetic sources, Adjuntas Mayor Jaime Barlucea and Energy Affairs Administration Executive Director Juan Carlos Díaz said during an inspection of several facilities.
The rooftop solar panels, coupled with new lighting and air conditioning systems will enable the town to shave off more than $10,000 in energy expenses annually, the municipal executive said.
For the project, the EAA provided $147,500 in funding to the municipal government, $100,000 to the Experimental Station and close to $1 million to Adjuntas howeowners for their individual projects. The municipal government’s rooftop solar energy project will produce about 25,000 kilowatt hours per year, while the high efficiency lighting and air conditioning systems will cut out about 4,000 kilowatt hours per year from the equation.
The town of Adjuntas joins more than 500 organizations, municipalities and private institutions that have been able to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through incentives developed by the government from state and federal funds. In recent months Díaz has visited similar projects in the municipalities of Adjuntas Rincón, Añasco, Maricao and recently, Las Marías.