Sep 29, 2011 9:53 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Solar installation for jail postponed

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has decided to delay further work on its jail solar installation until money to pay for the federal stimulus project arrives from the state Department of Natural Resources.
The project consists of solar panels used to charge backup batteries that supply emergency electrical power to the jail as well as a separate system that relies on the sun's heat to provide hot water to the parish jail.
The Advocate reports Jury Secretary Deborah Strickland reported during Tuesday's meeting that after the jury spent $224,165 from general funds on the project, about $100,000 remains for parish operations.
Project engineer Morgan Watson assured the jury that an initial $80,000 payment for the solar job would arrive within a few days.


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