Solar panel plan denied

MASON CITY, Iowa - The Mason City City Council has officially denied the request for a solar panel project at the Mason City Public Library.

The Library’s Board of Trustees have been working on the proposal for a few months. The project was presented at a city council meeting a little over a month ago. The library might be a great resource for learning about things, like solar panels, but council leaders say the payback on the investment wouldn’t be worth it.

Brent Trout, the Mason City City Administrator tells us that everyone was initially very supportive and enthusiastic about the plans, but that the timing, and the proposal just isn’t quite right.

The project has a warranty lifespan of about 25 years,” Trout explains, “The council looked at that information, and determined that this is probably not the best project at this moment.”

Mary Markwalter, the director of the library told us at the beginning of the month that they hoped the payback on the investment would be made over the next six to ten years, however this estimate has now been extended to nearly two decades.

Trout says that there are other possibilities the council will look into, in an effort to try and make the payback schedule more realistic. He says that overall, council members were excited about the project, and were enthusiastic about turning the plans into a reality, but more research is needed and the project has taken the back seat, for now.

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