Lebanon Utilities General Manager Jay McCoskey shared, at the Lebanon Board of Works at Monday, two projects he is working on to be more environmentally responsible.
Lebanon Utilities will be install solar street lights as a pilot on the corner of Lebanon and Park streets in the next couple of months. McCoskey said they will use these lights as a test, evaluating things such as the cost benefits and battery life, to see if they would be viable to use long-term around the city.
And the utility is also assessing the use of an electric service vehicle, that also uses solar power, to replace a pickup truck used by meter technicians. The Lebanon Planning Department purchased the electric vehicle, the Gem, in November to use for business around the city. The $16,000 vehicle can go 25 mph and haul 700 pounds in its flat bed. Planning Director Charlie Campbell has been pleased with the purchase, which saves the department money on gasoline and maintenance on aging vehicles.
See Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.