Toledo 1 of 3 guard sites to get solar panels

3/3/2009
BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU

COLUMBUS - The $787 billion federal stimulus package will help to fund installation of solar panels at three Ohio National Guard facilities, including in Toledo.

The state National Guard has received $8.5 million out of $226 million earmarked in the federal package for capital projects at such facilities. In Ohio, 22 facilities will be funded with the focus chiefly on roofing and energy efficiency projects.

"These [solar] projects will save the National Guard about $78,000 in utility costs within the first year of operation and will generate about 375,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year," Ohio National Guard Maj. Gen. Gregory Wayt said.

The stimulus money, intended to boost the economy, must be under obligation by September, 2010.

"Not only will we extend the lives of the facilities, but we will reduce our operating expenses and be more environmentally friendly," Gov. Ted Strickland said.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced plans two years ago to fund wind and solar projects at the National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing at Toledo Express Airport and the 200th Red Horse squadron at Camp Perry near Port Clinton.