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Johnson County installs 2 new solar arrays

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

Officials say Johnson County's installation of two new solar arrays in Iowa City will triple the local government's production of clean energy and save taxpayers money.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/2cm5FNX ) reports that one array will be built next to the county administration building on the site of the former Johnson County Armory. The other array has already been added to the roof of the county's Health and Human Services building.

According to Johnson County Sustainability coordinator Becky Soglin, the two arrays will produce about 308,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. The new arrays are financed through power purchase agreements, meaning the county pays a lower rate to a third party while that company takes advantage of government tax credits for renewable energy and provides maintenance of the solar panels.

Two smaller arrays went live at the county's secondary roads department last year.

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