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2,400 new solar panels to power Oxmoor Center

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Big savings are coming to Oxmoor Center, but you won't find them on a sale rack.

Two-thousand-four-hundred new solar panels will activate this week and will power your shopping experience.

“Like any large scale property, shopping centers require a significant amount of electricity,” said Kendall Merrick, General Manager of Oxmoor Center.

Oxmoor Center is 93 percent leased with 87 retailers. Between big stores like Macy's and Dick's Sporting Goods, the 900,000-square-foot building sucks up a lot of energy. The new solar panels will fuel 40 percent of that electricity from the lights to the HVAC system.

The mall's parent company, General Growth Properties, has been planning to cover half of the roof with the solar panels for the last year. It changed the roof color from a dark gray to white to reduce heat emission.

The panels cost more than $1 million and will take about nine years to pay off. Meanwhile, they're predicted to last 30 years and will save the mall $2.5 million in that time.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the city has started to measure and report the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions across Louisville each year. He said those emissions have decreased 17 percent since 2010.

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