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Solar panels could end up on 30 city-owned rooftops

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A private investor is willing to finance the cost and the city will receive a small amount of revenue for leasing the rooftops. A private investor is willing to finance the cost and the city will receive a small amount of revenue for leasing the rooftops.
Allan Daisley (pictured) and Kirk Williamson from the Memphis Bio Works Foundation are proposing a plan to help make the City of Memphis more energy efficient. Allan Daisley (pictured) and Kirk Williamson from the Memphis Bio Works Foundation are proposing a plan to help make the City of Memphis more energy efficient.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Allan Daisley and Kirk Williamson from the Memphis Bio Works Foundation are proposing a plan to help make the City of Memphis more energy efficient.

Their goal is to place solar panels on the rooftops of 30 city-owned facilities.

A private investor is willing to finance the cost and the city will receive a small amount of revenue for leasing the rooftops. The energy will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The project is part of the "Green and Clean" initiatives to help the environment and to improve quality of life.

"Memphis is one of the best places in the state to do solar because we have so much sunlight every year," said Daisley. "With 30 installations we can power the equivalent of 200 average U.S. homes."

He is proposing adding more than 6,000 panels to city-owned buildings.

Here is how it would work: The city would lease 30 rooftops at $250 dollars a year. Then crews would install panels on the rooftops and begin generating energy to sell back to the TVA.

Private investors are set to pay for the plan.

Daisley says it only helps Memphis.

"We're doing this to stimulate economic activity while at the same time changing the face of Memphis and making a better places to live," he said.

Not to mention, it would take the load off the grid during extreme weather conditions.

"This absolutely helps with the consumption of power both on cold days and on warm days when the air condition is running all the time," said Daisley.

Click here to read more about the project.

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