Fire department cuts bills with solar panels

FAIRBANKS- Alaska has higher electricity costs than most states, but one local fire station has cut their electric bill by 18 percent. The University Fire Department is paying less thanks to solar panels that were installed in 2013. The station’s yearly electric bill was about $14,000, now it’s about $11,000. The solar units were expensive to install, but when adding up the yearly savings, they should pay for themselves in about 7 years. The University Fire Chief Doug Schrage says the panels provide a good supplement, even during Alaskan winters. "We wanted to demonstrate that this is a good venue for this type of project," Chief Schrage says.