Published: Jan 06, 2011 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 06, 2011 3:35 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Solar panel arrays previously installed on the roof of the Lee County Public Safety building are now harnessing the power of the sun.

County officials and a crew from Fafco Solar Energy "flipped the switch" Thursday morning.

The building that houses the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Lee County Emergency Management will now receive a portion of its electricity from 236 solar panels installed on the roof.

The 54 kilowatt solar electric system will be capable of producing over 85 megawatt hours of electricity annually, making it the largest photovoltaic system at any Southwest Florida government facility.

The project was funded by a Department of Energy grant.

Click here to see just how much power the panels are giving off at any time: http://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/2drU10150