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Solar campaign adds first Rochester home with rooftop panels

A home on Highland Avenue is the first in the city to have rooftop panels installed as part of the "Solarize The Flower City" campaign (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The City of Rochester celebrated a first Tuesday afternoon.

A home on Highland Avenue is the first in the city to have rooftop panels installed as part of the "Solarize The Flower City" campaign.

The community-based organization ROCSPOT is backing the campaign. It receives funding from New York State and has set a goal to produce as much solar power energy as Ginna Nuclear Power Plant by the year 2025.

Homeowners Craig and Jennifer Kaplan said it is a good way to save money and help the environment.

"It's nice to be saving money, but it's also nice to be contributing to the environment," Kaplan said. "I'm very worried about the environment, very worried about our future, so this is our chance to do just a little bit ourselves."

The Kaplans said they actually produce more energy than they are using with the solar panels.

Homeowners, renters and businesses who sign up between now and September 15, 2016 will be able to take advantage of group rates below market prices. The average discount for homeowners is 20 percent off of the average Monroe County installation price.

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