DUFFIELD, Va. (AP) - A southwest Virginia jail is playing host to the state's largest rooftop solar thermal panel installation.
The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail authority unveiled the panels during a ceremony Thursday at the regional jail in Duffield.
The installation built by Sigora Solar of Waynesboro features 72 solar thermal collectors that will heat the facility's water.
Funding for the project was provided by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Kingsport Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/11sWPOg) that the project cost about $465,750.
Maj. George Hembree with the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail said the move to solar energy made the most sense for the facility since it relies on propane to heat its water.
The project is expected to save between $35,000 and $40,000 per year.