The RTBOE Facilities Committee Chairman, Frank Giarratano presented a solar project estimate of $210,000, which was a lease purchase with five annual payments of $42,000. Although the estimate wasn’t documented the discussion was noted on page 2 of the September 7, 2010 minutes. On November 3, Business administrator James Verbist spoke of a $3.5 million estimate. Two weeks later solar sales representative, Frank Moore estimated $2.6 million.
At full retail, a Sunforce 39326 260 Watt Solar Kit with Sharp Modules costs $1084.91. If an installation cost of 1.5 times material cost is added, the total installed cost per panel would be $2,712.27. Therefore, the RT school district could purchase and install 500 panels for $1.356,137. To be on the safe side, I’ll even add an error factor of $200,000 making my back of an envelope estimate $1,556,137for 500 installed panels.
Obviously the project Giarratano envisioned on September 7 is far different than the Verbist or Moore plan; there’s between $2.26 and $3.25 million difference. If you accept my calculation, someone should explain the extra $1.1 million dollar in Moore's latest guesstimate.
We’ve heard from Frank Giarratano, the public relations professional on the board but board member Mike Puzio has expertise in instigative science, which I’m sure includes forensic accounting. Let’s hear from him. Puzio likes to question my commentary, why can’t he serve the community by asking where our money is going?
Come on Puzio, do something besides seconding motions to open and adjourn meetings