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Charlottesville arena installing solar panel

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Main Street Arena — an ice skating rink and special event facility in Charlottesville — is look to the sun to help save on its electric bill.

The arena received a grant from the Local Energy Alliance Program to put a 68-kilowatt solar array on the facility, which is expected to save two months expense on its energy bill each year.

“We are very happy to be partnering with LEAP on a project that we believe will have not only positive effects on our business but also will send an important signal to other businesses that now is the time to start investing in the future,” said Mark Brown, owner of Main Street Arena.

U.S. Green Energy, based in Fredericksburg, has already started work on the project, which is expected to be completed April 30.

The $280,000 project is the first to come out of a Renewable Energy Loan Fund grant awarded to LEAP by the City of Charlottesville.

“We were interested in the Main Street Arena application for a number of reasons,” LEAP Executive Director Cynthia Adams said in a statement. “First, it is a very high-profile project. MSA serves so many different segments of our community, and it is a very visible business which helps anchor our Downtown Mall.”

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