NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Going green is going to jail in New Hanover County.
Forty solar panels will sit atop the roof of the New Hanover County Sheriff's office, as the first test location for alternative energy on county government facilities.
The plan is to buy energy produced by the solar panels at a cheaper rate than the cost of using the boilers, according to Sergeant Jerry Brewer.
"If we're heating the water with solar, which is more efficient, than we're going to save by not having to use the boilers as much," he said.
The detention center uses a significant amount of water, especially in the preparation of roughly 1,500 meals a day in kitchen. Brewer said the industrial sized washers and dryers keep the inmates busy in the laundry room.
"They wash all the sheets, all the inmate blankets and all the scrubs that we give them," said Brewer.
If the savings are as much as expected, solar panels will be considered for other government buildings in New Hanover County.
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