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1:58 PM, Oct 19, 2008   |    comments
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Fort Collins will soon install solar panels on the roof of EPIC that will convert the sun's rays into energy that will then help warm the water.

With a price tag of $250,000 the city couldn't pay for the project itself.

On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Ritter laid out several projects across the Colorado that would receive state funding.

On the list was the EPIC solar project.

Gary Schroeder, an energy services engineer for Fort Collins, says the solar power will not only save the city $10,000 a year, but will also shrink its carbon footprint.

"We're using less energy, (which) translates into less natural gas burn at the power plant," Schroeder said.

Schroeder said Fort Collins to cut down on greenhouses.

To that end, the city may use some of its own money to place high-efficiency LED lights into street lamps.

Again, the city claims there are benefits outside the budget.

"So at night, when you're out you can see colors better, you can see just see better and it creates a safer environment," Schroeder said.

The cities of Erie and Boulder have outfitted pools with a solar heating system similar to the one Fort Collins is looking at.

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