GLIDE, Ore. -- The Glide Rural Fire Protection District now has 175 solar panels on top of their building to help them save energy.
The entire system cost more than $160,000 to install and was paid for by Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program and Energy Trust Oregon.
Fire officials said the 60.125 kW system will collect energy though the solar panels and provide more than 30% of the fire station's power during the winter.
They also said the district put out $40,000 to install a 20 kWh battery back-up system just in case of a major power outage.
“I’m pretty darn excited to have these solar panels on our roof,” Fire Chief Ted Damewood said. “It’s just one more step in our stability in the event of disaster. If we can stay one step ahead of the event, whatever it is, the better we can help our public.”
Damewood said the investments may seem like a lot, but they will be saving the district more than $8,000 a year.
He said that money will go back into the department to make improvements so they can serve the community better.