Oneida Tribal Project expected to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions

    The Oneida Tribal Project includes solar panels on six facilities throughout the reservation to provide power, September 18, 2018. (WLUK)<p>{/p}

    (WLUK) -- The Oneida Tribe is beginning a new solar power project.

    The Oneida Tribal Project puts solar panels on six facilities within the reservation.

    It will provide 800 kilowatts of solar electric power. That's enough energy to power about 50 small homes.

    And once the equipment costs are covered, the solar power is expected to save about $80,000 per year.

    Project leaders say they are excited for the project and can't wait for results.

    "Energy is an important planning step for any community," said project manager, Michael Troge. "All of Wisconsin is dependent on energy sources and shipping and importing energy from other states and so forth and there's something to be said about being local about our production."

    The tribe says it has been working on the project for four years.

    Along with saving energy, tribal leaders hope carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced as well.

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