The Payson Town Council has approved a new ceiling, not of the debt variety, but solar panels over town hall’s parking lot.
Work on the project started in mid-October and should wrap up at the end of the year, said LaRon Garrett, assistant town manager.
That is causing a few headaches for staff and visitors, though, who have had to park across the street or in a vacant lot to the east as crews installed pilings in the center of the lot.
Sun Renew crews have the support beams in and should start installing the panels soon, Garrett said.
Half of the parking lot will be reopened while crews install the panels on one side of the lot. They’ll then close that side and put the other set of panels up.
Despite a few minor hiccups, the project is running on schedule, Garrett said.
The town is paying nothing for the project, with Sun Renew covering all costs. Work also includes installing solar panels on the roof of the Main Street fire station.
The town will pay Sun Renew for power generated by the panels, which is a small cost savings over traditional power, Garrett said.
Besides town hall, Sun Renew has installed solar panels at Payson First Church of the Nazarene off Tyler Parkway.