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Art Mission theatre goes solar

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Clean energy advocates are showing that going solar isn't just for residential home owners.

Adam Flint, Program Manager of Southern Tier Solar Works, held a news conference at the Art Mission Theatre located at 61 Prospect Avenue in Binghamton.

Building owner Maggie Martin had four rows of solar panel installed recently that will power the lights, heat and, elevators at the historic building built in the 1840s.

Additionally, The Art Mission has installed an electric vehicle charging station.

Martin utilized the C-PACE, or Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, financing.

C-PACE allows businesses and non-profits to take out a long 5 to 20 year loan for renewable energy efficiency or improvements.

Flint says the program helps businesses go green while saving money.

"This is a way to bring your cost down. The great thing about solar is you not only bring down the cost, but you also make it predictable. You'll be getting a source of power for the next quarter century at more or less the same rate depending on the terms of the loan," said Flint.

Flint says the cost to go solar in New York State has dropped 50% over the last three years.

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