One local business spent Saint Patrick’s Day going green in a different way.
The locally owned and operated tavern known as, ‘That Place on 26th Street,’ located on West 26th Street is the first bar to install solar panels in the Erie area. Shanea Rogers says, “We upgraded to LED lighting, which helped our energy efficiency that was the first step, this was the next step.”
The staff of that place held a green ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify this new venture. Local officials joined the staff of that place. Those officials include Mayor Joe Schember, Senator Dan Laughlin, and the County Sustainability Coordinator, Brittany Prischak.
Laughlin says, “Currently, the technology is about 17-20 percent efficient. We’ll soon be 50 percent efficient on the solar panels which at that point they’ll be just about the cheapest electricity on the planet.”
And, Schember added, “The more people that get involved in solar energy, the better. John Purvis did a great work putting this together.”
Solar Revolution is the company that installed the panels. Mayor Joe Schember tells us, “I’ve actually talked to him about coming and looking at my house and seeing what he’d recommend there.”
The manager of That Place… Shanea Rogers, tells us that adding solar panels, once they saw the large amount of savings from some small changes inside the bar, is “just one small step in the scheme of many. And we hope to inspire others and help out planet and our future… We’ve come a long way. We’re celebrating five years in July so that’s kind of perfect. Look at us. Yay, small businesses!”