HELENA- The Lewis and Clark Library is wrapping up the last of the solar panel projects at the branch locations in Lincoln and Augusta this week.

These installations follow a 50 kilowatt solar panel system was installed this April at the main location in Helena.

The panels were installed by Solar Montana and will reduce the energy bills for the two libraries.

In Augusta the panels will help save the branch save around 60% of their monthly energy bills and Lincoln will see over 80% savings on their bills.

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“We’re really looking forward to seeing some energy savings especially at Lincoln and Augusta,” said Library Director John Finn, “They’re small projects but they’re small libraries so we’ll be able to see some really good savings.”

Finn added that they’re looking forward to using the solar panels as an educational experience for the patrons.

The money that is being saved will be put towards expanding the local book collections and supporting projects at the libraries.