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Hillcrest officials consider solar panel project

Village officials in Hillcrest are considering a proposal to install solar panels that would cut their electrical costs for the pump house involving their water system.

Dale Balder, President of Heavenly Winds Incorporated in Compton, said that the solar panels will be located behind the village hall building. The lines would go underground to the pump house.

Heavenly Winds would also apply for grant money from the state and the Illinois Commerce Commision for the project which is expected to cost $100,000.

Board President Kim Whalen said that the village could see a savings on their electric bill if the solar panels are installed. The village would save between 400 to 525 dollars a month on their electric bill which averages between 800 to 1,000 dollars.

No action was taken by the board on the project last night other than applying for a grant with the ICC.

The warning light system for the pump house was approved at a cost of just over $3,700. The lights are used in case any of the fuses go out or if the generator starts running.

Hillcrest also plans to be involved with the State Debt recovery program run by the Comptroller's office. If a person owes the village money due to a bill or fine, the state will withhold any payments such as tax refunds or grants. That money would then go back to the village.

The board also approved revisions made to the junk or inoperable vehicle and equipment ordinance for residents in the village.

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