If you have driven by the Henderson County Courthouse on Grove Street, recently you might have noticed a new addition.
On the side of the building by the new Law Enforcement Center, Henderson County has added an array of solar thermal collector panels to the roof — 32 to be exact.
Henderson County entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with SolTherm Energy in July of this year, after a competitive bidding process in which the Engineering Department received multiple bids.
The agreement is for SolTherm to build and operate a solar 567,000 kBTU thermal system on the roof of the courthouse to supply the Detention Center with hot water. Henderson County then purchases water from SolTherm at a rate of 45 percent of the cost of natural gas.
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