Library has a new favorite sun


Earlier this week, I was talking with some friends about what we used to do over the summer months.

I grew up in Northern Wisconsin, and we had a cabin on a lake.

I spent countless hours swimming, but if I wasn’t actually in the water, I wanted to be inside.

I’ve never liked the heat, and I’m not a huge fan of the sun.

I probably sound like some kind of cave-dweller or something, but summertime is just not my jam.

That being said, I still have mad respect for that massive yellow orb in the sky.

It provides light and heat…and energy, too!

Soon, that beautiful solar energy will help power the Pendleton Community Public Library.

Yes, I am super excited to announce that the library is going green with solar power.

You may have noticed some solar panels going up on the library’s rooftop. They just started installing them in late June, and the very first panel went up on the day we had that hailstorm.

But, all is well

The panels are indeed strong and built to withstand the elements.

Our solar contractor, Johnson-Melloh Solutions, says the solar panels should last 30 years.

During that time, we estimate saving over $3.5 million in energy costs.

We expect to finish the project by the end of the year, and at that time hope to offer some educational opportunities for local residents who may be interested in learning more about solar power.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out.

Although I’m learning a lot, I’m not a solar expert by any stretch.

I am a librarian though. And like any good librarian, I know where to find the answer.

Lynn Hobbs is director of Pendleton Community Public Library.