Dothan solar panel research project dedicated

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority dedicated the Dothan Solar Research project today.

It's a joint effort between the City of Dothan and AMEA.

The $85,000 project has 160 solar panels which will be used for research.

Solar panels convert sunlight to usable energy.
Compared to other alternative power sources, they wear out very slowly.
Their effectiveness decreases 1 to 2 percent a year.

Experts say that many people won't buy into solar panels because of costs.

Brad Kimbro, Chief Operating Officer for Wiregrass Electric Cooperative says:
"If solar's going to make it or if solar is going to be a part of the future … it's probably going to be more on a utilities scale, not necessarily solar panels on homes."

Fred Clark who is the President for AMEA says:
"If we're able to generate electricity from large-scale solar…we believe that will be very beneficial and will be a part of the future energy mix of our customers."

The Dothan Solar project will generate 50 killowatts of electricity.
That will serve 10 to 15 homes.