NORTH CREEK - Things may get a little "greener" in Johnsburg as the town board considers a proposal to pursue stimulus funding for the installation of a solar generator to power the largest of the town wells.
According to Jim Suozzo, a consultant with Delaware Operations Inc., the project would cost about $300,000 to design and install the system.
If awarded, the stimulus money would fund 90 percent of the project, leaving the town with about a $30,000 local share.
"This particular grant is designed for specifically for smaller communities," Suozzo told town board members May 5. "I would expect a savings of about $9,000 per year in energy costs."
Suozzo said that well four would run f4-6 hours a day and greatly reduce the amount of time the other wells would have to be in operation.
During times the well was not operational, the energy could either be sold back to the grid or used to power the town highway garage - which is the likely site of installation of the solar panels.
"The highway garage is one of the two most costly town buildings in terms of electricity costs," Johnsburg bookkeeper Candace Lomax said.
In 2008, well four cost the town about $7,000 in electricity and the highway garage about $12,000, Suozzo said.
"I'm really psyched the potential of this project," Suozzo said. "If we get this going, Johnsburg would be the first community in the area to use solar like this."
There is an impending time-crunch, as the deadline for the application is May 27.
The awards will be announced by the state Department of Energy Research and Development on June 24.
The town board will vote on whether to pursue the funding or not on May 19.