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Henderson library powers up using the sun

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Henderson library powers up using the sun

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jul 29, 2014

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- If you visit a certain Henderson library, you'll see additions to the roof that will likely lead to a reduction in energy costs. 

The Paseo Verde Library has just activated its solar panel project.  It was made possible by the NV Energy Renewable Generations Program.  

On Tuesday, NV Energy presented a check to the library for about $279,000. It's a rebate for installing the solar panels that will make the building more energy-efficient. 

"It's a fantastic example for us to help set for the community to look at this as a form of energy," said Angela Thornton, executive director for Henderson Libraries. 

It's also estimated the solar panels will help the library save about $13,000 a year in energy costs. 

"It's going to be extra money for us," said Matthew Hortt, with Henderson Libraries who spearheaded this project. "What we're planning on doing is putting it into materials. It would be more books, more CDs and DVDs, digital materials, databases, public computers. It will be rolled into more money for the public." 

Right now, this is the only library in Henderson to use solar energy like this. But that doesn't mean it will stay that way. 

"I think if the opportunity presents itself, we'd definitely jump on it and I'd love to see the same at all of our branches," said Hortt.

Denise Wong

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.