KCP&L has approved Pettis County’s application to install three solar panels on county buildings. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Presiding Commissioner John Meehan:

John Meehan

The initial investment, including a rebate from KCP&L, is about $39,000. The solar panels are expected to save the county about $11,000 per year over the next 25 to 30 years.

Two 25 kw panels will go on the roof of the Pettis County Jail. One will supply power to the jail, and the other to the Public Safety Building. The third 25 kw panel will be installed on the roof of the Pettis County Courthouse.

“Another big side component of this, I think Pettis County going green, or at least partially going green, is very important to our community, and our state, and our country as a whole,” said Meehan, “And to just give you some sort of an idea, just the reduction in carbon dioxide because of the solar panels is about 2,000 tons. And that’s kind of a number out there that’s kind of hard to grasp. But the bottom line, it’s like planting almost 47,000 tree. So not only is it going to save Pettis County taxpayers money, but it’s also the green and right thing to do because it’s what’s good for our environment, also.”

Crews are preparing for the installation, and the solar panels could arrive as soon as this week.

Press Release from the Pettis County Commission

Good afternoon.

Pettis County is going green!

KCP&L has recently approved our application requesting permission to install three 25kw Net Metering Rooftop PV Solar Systems. One 25kw unit will be installed on the roof of the Pettis County Courthouse. Two 25kw units will be installed on the roof of the Pettis County Jail. One of the jail units will supply power to the jail and the other will supply power to the Public Safety Building. We have estimated that our county will save an average of $11,000.00 per year over the next 25 to 30 years. It is also estimated that almost 2,000 TONS of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from our footprint over the life of the panels. That’s like planting almost 47,000 trees.

MC Power was been contracted to install the systems. You will see these workers in and around the three facilities for the next few weeks. Please welcome them to our facilities. Beginning Wednesday the County Commissioners and 911 vehicles will not park on north parking lot to allow workers access to the electrical supply etc.

Thank you,

John