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Solar street lights are considered a bright idea in Grand Island

Grand Island is considering owning rather than leasing its 211 municipal street lights from National Grid, and switching them to solar power.

Town Councilman Raymond Billica said it could be a money saver for the town.

"We are paying National Grid $90,000 a year in leasing payments," Billica. "If we use their poles we pay for their poles."

He said it would cost the town approximately $40,000 to buy out its lease with National Grid, while a private company, which also handles maintenance and warranties, could install solar poles at a cost of $36,000 a year.

Supervisor Nathan McMurray suggested the town consider a trial run of 10 solar lights, but Billica said they would have to do at least 100.

The board asked for a breakdown of the costs before making any final decisions.

 

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