Cemetery adds solar panels

The board of a 160-year-old nonprofit cemetery in St. Louis has outfitted its mausoleum with solar panels.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the panels were added to the mausoleum at the New Mount Sinai Cemetery this summer. The building's rooftop design doesn't accommodate the panels, so they're spread across the ground.

The cemetery's director says the cemetery paid $20,000 for the panels. The cemetery received a $50,000 rebate from Ameren Missouri as part of a renewable energy standard approved by voters in 2008.

He says the panels should pay for themselves in five or six years.

He says electric bills average $300 a month and he expects the panels to cover most or all of that.