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Solar panels will now power town of Grant municipal buildings

GRANT − The 119-year-old Grant Town Hall received a modern-day update recently when officials added solar panels to its roof.

“I think it’s really kind of neat that we have a 1904 building with modern technology,” said Greg Hakala, Portage County Board supervisor and treasurer Grantr.

The town used American Rescue Plan Act money to pay for the $24,990 project, Hakala said. It then received a $1,687 Focus on Energy rebate and a 30% federal tax rebate, which brought the cost down to $15,906. None of the money for it came from Grant taxpayer dollars, but the taxpayers will benefit from the project.

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Rapids Water and Light made the final connections to start the sleek black solar panels on the town hall roof sending power to the building and the garage. Hakala, town Chairwoman Sharon Schwab and town Supervisor Doug Steltenpohl were on hand to see the newly installed electric meter start flashing as it powered the town’s two buildings and had extra power left over.

“Look at that!” Schwab said excitedly as she watched the meter flash.

Grant Town Board members and a Wisconsin Rapids Water and Power Commission employee watch a new electric meter showing the town's new solar system providing its first electricity.

The solar panels should create enough electricity to power the town hall, the town highway maintenance garage, subdivision street lights and a compactor the Grant Town Board plans to install in the transfer station, Hakala said. There also should be enough left over to send back to Wisconsin Rapids Water and Light for credit, he said.

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