Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl watched workers install solar hot water panels atop City Firehouse Truck 34 in the North Side.
They installed four 4x10 solar hot water panels on the roof.
The panels will harness the sun's energy to produce hot water for the kitchen, bathroom and showers, eliminating the need for natural gas.
The city spends about $5,500 a year on natural gas for that facility. The solar panels will save the city 15 to 20 percent of its costs.
Ravenstahl said one of their difficulties in "greening" our city and installing solar panels is the misconception that solar energy would not work in Pittsburgh because of its many gray and gloomy days.
There will be five additional solar installations in 2010.