(WBNG) — Village of Endicott leaders say they want Endicott to be a clean energy capital. In an effort to go green, officials say they may have found a way to reduce energy waste and your energy bill.
By switching to solar energy, residents could see an eight to ten percent savings. You also won’t have to put solar panels on your home.
“People don’t have to do anything different, you just have to connect to it,” said Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson.
Officials are looking at a possible solar farm for the village. The move would cut costs for not only residents but also for village operations. This latest project on solar energy is in an effort to branch out Endicott’s economic capabilities.
“We had everything into IBM. IBM left and we died. Solar is just another different direction we can go in,” said Jackson.
According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, using solar power instead of fossil fuels helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants in the air. By diversifying ventures into clean energy production, it’s all part of a plan for Endicott to become a hub for clean energy.
“[We can] save the taxpayers money because this is going to save on our electric that we pay for the wastewater, the airport,” said Jackson.
Endicott Deputy Mayor Cheryl Chapman is meeting with solar energy companies this week to discuss the project and how it will move forward.