Manards, a manufacturer of solar panels and other products in New England, is about to get a new roof.
The company is launching a solar-panel installation program in the northern New England town of Manawatu.
The program will begin Monday and will run for about two years.
It is the first solar-installation program in New York State.
Manards is building a large new roof in the community of Manowick.
The facility is expected to be ready by the end of March.
Maniwick is one of two New England towns that the company plans to install solar panels.
It has installed more than 700 solar panels there.
The first batch will be installed in the town’s community center, and the company expects to install another 150 solar panels in nearby areas.
The new roofs will cost about $5,000 to install and will be able to produce electricity at rates comparable to other solar installations, said Joe Bouchard, a spokesman for the company.
He said Maniwicks residents have not had to pay a penny for the solar panels because the company is not charging them.
The New York City-based company that makes the panels said the panels will be powered by natural gas and solar.
The panels will generate electricity about 80 percent of the time and about half of the other time.
The solar panels will last for years, Bouchards said.
He did not say how many of the panels Maniwacks is installing will be on the roofs of existing homes.