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Lee County receives national recognition for solar project

Press Release 

LEE COUNTY, AL - The Lee County Commission recently received statewide recognition at the Association of County Commissions of Alabama's annual conference for its Solar Power Project at the Lee County Justice Center Complex.

The "Excellence in County Government" award is presented annually in urban and rural categories to those counties that have gone above and beyond in creating innovative solutions to problems faced by county governments that benefit its citizens. Lee County previously won this award in 1996 and 1999.

"This was a true team effort from the Commission's support and vision to see it as a worthy project, to building maintenance's assistance, the partnership with Auburn University and the cooperation of the Sheriff's Office," said Roger Rendleman, County Administrator. "We could not have accomplished what we have without these groups and organizations."

Funded through a grant by the Alabama Research Alliance and Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division and partnering with Auburn University, the 16.56 kW system has generated more than 30,000 kW hours and offset CO2 emissions by more than 38,000 lbs since going live in July 2009.

The system was the first of its kind in the state of Alabama and was Phase I of the renewable energy initiative begun by the County Commission. Phase II consists of the installation of a solar thermal hot water system which is expected to be completed by December 2010 and is funded by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program.

For more information on the Lee County Justice Center Solar Power Project and to track the power produced visit www.leeco.us  or www.leecountysheriff.org.

Source: Lee County Justice Center

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