Pittsburgh is now directing money from a $400,000 Department of Energy grant it received in 2007 to install a solar hot water tank into a city facility. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says the best candidates are currently Fire House 29 in Westwood or Truck 34 in Woods Run to receive the solar technology. He says a final decision will come in the near future, with the tank being installed by late summer or early fall.
Ravenstahl says this project is the first of many, and it is to show that Pittsburgh is in fact a viable source for solar energy and the city is capable of doing it. From there, the mayor says he hopes to expand the technology to other city facilities, and eventually, to homeowners and small businesses.