Proposed program to boost solar in Douglas County

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A solar panel proponent and a bank are proposing a program to reduce the costs of installing solar power in Douglas County.

Aron Cromwell, CEO of Lawrence-based Cromwell Environmental, says and Mid America Bank want to provide 15-year leases for solar power installations at homes and small businesses.

Cromwell says many Douglas County residents who want to install solar panels are put off by the upfront costs, which can range up to $30,000. He says the goal of the program is to create leases with a monthly payment that is less than the average cost a home or business saves by using solar panels.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/18alcpL ) that on Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners agreed to consider reducing building permit fees for solar panels.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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