Patrick MoussignacJul 18, 2018, 1:41 pm

Solar panels could be installed at ice rink in White Plains

Equipment at arena and at DPW garage would power up city’s fleet of eco-friendly vehicles

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WHITE PLAINS — Residents may soon see solar panels on the roof of the Ebersole Ice Rink that will provide power for the city's electric vehicles.

According to partners at LoHud.com, the city's common council approved a plan earlier this month to spend over $120,000 to purchase four electric vehicles. This will bring the city's fleet of electric vehicles to nine.

The city is looking at installing solar panels on the roof of the ice rink. The city is also considering adding additional solar panels to the Dept. of Public works garage on Brockway Place.

Right now, the current fleet of electric vehicles is charged at stations located at the Hamilton and Main municipal garage. This isn't the first time the idea of generating power through solar energy has been considered by the city.

A few years ago, Sunrise Solar Energy presented the mayor with a plan to build a solar farm on the Gedney landfill that could generate about $40,000 a year for the city and at the same time lower local electrical costs. Nothing ever became of that plan.

So far, there's no word yet on when we may see the city move forward with their solar energy plan.

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