One farmers market is installing new solar panels to save money, but the move could also be saving the environment and local jobs.

The New Eastern Market on Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township is installing 100 solar panels.

Federal stimulus money and Pennsylvania's Sunshine Program cut 60 percent off the price of the solar panels, which weigh about 44 lbs. each.

The government funding has increased interest in solar power and boosted business for local electrical contractor ASCOM.

"It actually helped us get through the slow times," ASCOM senior project supervisor Ed McDaniel said. "Our economy's been pretty bad lately."

Federal and state incentives have helped the sun shine on America's solar power industry recently.

The solar panels being installed on the market's roof were made in Memphis, Tenn.

Joe Gurreri, one of the New Eastern Market's co-owners, had some advice for people seeking solar savings.

"If somebody's thinking about doing it, I'd say they better jump on it now while the state money's still there to help assist with it," Gurreri said.

The Pennsylvania Sunshine Program will provide up to 100 million dollars in rebates for solar panel projects statewide.

Those rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.