Grayslake Public Library solar panel project underway

  • The project to add solar panels to the roof of the Grayslake Public Library started June 4 when work crews removed and began replacing the building's HVAC system.

    The project to add solar panels to the roof of the Grayslake Public Library started June 4 when work crews removed and began replacing the building's HVAC system. Photo courtesy of Grayslake Public Library

  • The project to add 282 solar panels to the Grayslake Public Library roof started on June 4 when work crews removed and began replacing the building's HVAC system. The project to replace the roof and add 282 solar panels should be complete by the end of August, officials said.

    The project to add 282 solar panels to the Grayslake Public Library roof started on June 4 when work crews removed and began replacing the building's HVAC system. The project to replace the roof and add 282 solar panels should be complete by the end of August, officials said. Photo courtesy of Grayslake Public Library

 
 
Updated 6/15/2021 5:54 PM

Another prominent Grayslake building will soon be topped with solar panels as the project to replace the roof on the Grayslake Public Library and install 282 solar panels is underway.

Library officials say the solar panels are expected to provide at least 20% of the building's electricity needs and will save the library district $17,475 a year in electricity costs.

 

The project kicked off June 4 when work crews removed and began replacing the old HVAC system on the roof of the building at 100 Library Lane in Grayslake. As a result, library patrons may notice more noise and less cool air in the short-term.

Jill Alfrejd, the library district's communications coordinator, said once the new air conditioning system is in place in the coming weeks, there will be a more consistent temperature throughout the building.

"We are still dealing with an older building in terms of ductwork," Alfrejd said. "But we had hot and cold spots, and that should improve greatly moving forward."

Once the HVAC installation is completed, crews will begin replacing the roof and only then will the solar panels be installed, she said. Officials have been told the entire project will be complete by the end of August.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Alfrejd said the library board has been considering the project for at least a year. She said it has been very popular among patrons.

"People like the sustainability aspect of it and that we're being frugal with tax dollars, of course," Alfrejd said.

Earlier this year, the village of Grayslake received a special designation from SolSmart, a national organization that recognizes communities that have made it easier for businesses and residents to access solar energy.

In the past two years, 73 solar panel installations have been permitted in Grayslake. That number includes solar field projects at buildings in Grayslake High School District 127 and Grayslake Elementary District 46.

The village has made the process of installing solar panels easier by creating an online checklist of resources residents need when completing a solar project.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.