ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- You might say at the Pageant in the Delmar Loop, they are beginning to see the light.
Specifically sunlight, generating 12 kilowatts of electricity each hour.
"Whenever we have a chance to sink out teeth into something like this it gets everybody juiced up a little bit," said Patrick Hagin, co-owner of the Pageant.
What's happening at the Pageant is actually about saving juice.
By using a combination of solar panels, a roof painted white, and new LED stage lights, the Pageant hopes to cut its electric bill by as much as 15%.
"I think this will pay off for itself in about five years," Hagin said.
Along with the roof panels, the Pageant has also installed solar panels at street level, which double as awnings.
The Pageant's idea to harness the sun, oddly enough, began at the Moonrise Hotel next door, which was reporting good results using solar panels made by a company based in St. Louis.
"People may not realize that we do have good sun here, 90% of the sun you`d get in Miami," said Rick Hunter, co-owner of Microgrid Energy, the same company which recently installed solar panels at Busch Stadium.
"St. Louis is one of the the hottest markets in the nation for solar. People may not realize it yet but they are going to realize it eventually," Hunter said.
The reason solar is growing, according to Hunter, is because of generous tax incentives and rebates that can reduce the cost of installing a solar power system by 80%.
And for the Pageant, its new lighting will also save on labor, because these fixtures can change color on their own.
"Before, someone would have to go up in the grid and swap out the gels, and once you put a color in a fixture, you were stuck with that for the entire evening," Hagin said.
The installation began in November, so they have not yet had to make it through a St. Louis summer. But they are hoping the solar panels alone can save them almost 7% on the facility's electric bills as the weather gets warmer.