Solar panels to save ambulance district money in Troy, Mo.
Have you looked up lately while passing by one of the four ambulance bases in Lincoln County? If you have, you would have seen new solar panels on the roofs of the bases. In cooperation with Ameren Missouri and Brightergy, the Midwest’s leading solar development firm, Lincoln County Ambulance District (LCAD) had the opportunity to place the solar panels on all of the bases. The program that fire districts, cities and schools have all participated in will likely save LCAD citizens $146,000 over the 20-year lease period.
The ambulance district’s board of directors held a small ceremony July 16 by ceremonially flipping the switch to bring LCAD into the age of alternative fuel and green energy.
Ray Antonacci, chief administrator of the district, said, “This was a no out of the pocket deal. Ameren provided the rebates to begin the lease agreement and Brightergy and the monthly lease payment is less than our current electric bill. Not only does it make sense economically it also makes sense environmentally. Every kilowatt of energy we create with the solar panels is a kilowatt of energy Ameren does not have to create using fossil fuels.”
If anyone has any questions about the ambulance district, the solar panels or Prop S on the August ballot, contact Antonacci at (636) 486-8092.
Directors of the Lincoln County Ambulance District turn the switch for the solar panels at the Troy base. They include (from left): Tim Ens, Missy Squires, Bob Kindred, vice-chairman; Angie Collins, David Gulley, chairman and Diane Mueller.