The Herald reported that the Bradenton City Hall has been outfitted with efficient solar panels at a cost of $310,331.25. Mr. Benjamin Bird, energy efficiency manager for Bradenton (gee, I didn’t know we had such a position on staff) says the panels will save the city $5,000 to $7,000 annually in electricity costs. Using the higher savings figure, that means the break-even point of the solar panels is 44.4 years!
Dang, the roof on my home failed to last 18 years. So much for green energy being a proven powerhouse. With these numbers and decision-makers, no wonder our country is in trouble. Not factored into the equation is what the Manatee taxpayers pay as an annual salary for an energy efficiency manager.
I don’t care if the funds for this project came from a federal grant. It’s still money from the same pot, a pot of wasted taxpayer dollars -- just like Solyndra!
Anthony L. Tiona