Upstate NY Library Working Off the Grid
With 49 solar panels installed on the southernmost roof, the library will soon generate its own power.
Librarian Rebecca Pace received a New York State Library Construction Grant, which paid not only for the solar panels and their installation but also a new roof, walkway and gas furnace.
She tailored the library's needs to a portion of the grant that focused on saving energy and accessibility.
"Our sidewalk was falling apart," Pace said. "We needed a new furnace as well. Natural gas was coming into the area, and we decided that would be more energy efficient not having to buy all that oil."