After meeting with a major solar system manufacturer last week, Mayor Ray Nagin said he would like to harness the sun to heat and cool public buildings in New Orleans.

“The mayor is in support of solar opportunities in our city especially as we rebuild our facilities and neighborhoods,” Nagin spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said in an e-mail. “The mayor would like to see a pilot project of solar panels on public facilities.”

Few details are available on the effort, such as whether existing public buildings would be retrofitted with solar panels or whether the mayor envisions solar panels being used exclusively for new buildings.

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