Solar Power Plans at The Merc

The Lawrence, Kansas food co-op in mid-May announced its plans for summer 2017 construction of a major solar power installation—what will be the largest one in town. Some 29 percent of the The Merc’s electricity will be supplied by 688 rooftop, parking lot, and patio photovoltaic panels. The new project will supplement major energy-conserving improvements made over the past five years since The Merc purchased its facility. The co-op reduced its electricity consumption 30 percent over that period, according to General Manager Rita York Hennecke ([email protected]), who added: “It’s time that we, as individuals and business leaders, do more than talk the talk, and take action to make a difference.” The installation will have energy output warrantied 25-30 years and an expected lifespan of 40+ years.

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