Payson wants to get in on the big boom in outfitting public buildings with solar cells.
The council recently approved outfitting town hall, the police station and one fire station with solar cells.
Arizona Public Service has notified the town that it has reserved funding to install the solar cells in a partnership agreement.
APS provides the solar cells and Payson provides a place to put them. In return, Payson essentially sells the energy back to the utility company in return for reduced rates.
If APS rates remain steady in the next 20 years, the town would save $65,000 in electrical bills. If APS rates increase as much as they have in the past 20 years, the town would save more like $250,000 over the 20-year term of the agreement.
The Payson Unified School District and Gila Community College have both struck similar agreements with APS.
The project will involve the same sorts of arrays of solar panels in the parking lots already erected at Payson High School. The district has reaped savings on its electrical bill, but school buses have on several occasions run into the underside of those parking lot panels.
The council approved the arrangement at a recent meeting, including a bid to install the panels from the Edwards Design Group Inc., in partnership with Dependable Solar Products.