A Central New York dairy farm expects to save $30,000 a year on its electric bill thanks to new solar panels.
Fesko Dairy in Spafford, near Skaneateles Lake, recently installed about 1,000 solar panels. The solar array -- installed for about $900,000 -- is expected to generate 303 kilowatts of electricity. That's about 80 percent of what the dairy farm uses in one year. 600-cow dairy uses in a year.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided a $368,000 grant for the project.
Fesko Dairy first planned to build a windmill for electricity, but scrapped the plan because neighbors feared it would block the view of the scenic area.
The 600-cow dairy farm is about 15 miles southwest of Syracuse.