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City to install solar panels at old Emerson landfill site

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An old city landfill on Rochester’s west side is making the conversion from garbage to eco-friendly.

Nearly 8,000 solar panels will be installed on the seven-acre site at the old Emerson Street landfill, which has been empty for the last 45 years.

The city re-used $4 million worth of iron slag from the Port of Rochester project to create the base of the array.

Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Norm Jones says the project will save the city around $80,000 annually.

“Every opportunity that we can find to save money, in regards to our heat light and power, or our own electricity or natural gas, we take advantage of,” said Jones.

Jones says the city currently spends anywhere from $7.5 to $9 million a year on electricity.

The new solar array is expected to be up in September.

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