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Warren school's solar panels make money, enlighten students

Posted August 15, 2012

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— Warren County High School is home to the largest collection of solar panels on a school in the state. While the energy harnessed there doesn’t power the school, the students do benefit from it, school leaders said Wednesday.

The high school leased space on its roof for the next 20 years to Argand Energy Solutions and private investors, which paid a $75,000 fee to install more than 2,000 solar panels. After eight years, the school will collect $6,000 annually.

The company plans to sell the energy – enough to power 50 homes – to Progress Energy.

“I believe that it’s probably one of the greatest things that’s happened here in Warren County in a long time,” said construction teacher Robert Clary.

In addition to the revenue, a separate solar panel will be placed on the ground and be part of the high school's curriculum.

Warren school's solar panels make money, enlighten students Warren school's solar panels make money, enlighten students

“To bring this type of technology into this county, it opens doors for these students,” Clary said.

“It’s something different, something new that the school never had. It teaches you a lot about how to save energy,” said student Ariel Holtzmann.

Construction on the panels began in May, and they've been up and running since late July.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of space up here, and that space for us is revenue,” said Warren County Schools Superintendent Ray Spain.

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  • piene2 Aug 15, 2012

    "We knew there would be at least ONE derk who thought he needed to comment on how this was a bad thing. Just another failure of our education system I suppose. That's what happens when you do away with all the funds and let them eat paint chips for lunch. It's no wonder the Republicans are so gung-ho to do away with educations. They'd assure themselves of voters from now on. Too bad they are a dying breed and soon there won't BE Republicans any more. A few T-Parties and the major parties will be Dems and Independents. Oh well. Too Bad, So Sad as they like to say.
    Truly American"

    The real Republican party died years ago. What we now have is Repubumpkins that have no idea what the real Republican party was all about.

  • Banned4Life Aug 15, 2012

    We knew there would be at least ONE derk who thought he needed to comment on how this was a bad thing. Just another failure of our education system I suppose. That's what happens when you do away with all the funds and let them eat paint chips for lunch. It's no wonder the Republicans are so gung-ho to do away with educations. They'd assure themselves of voters from now on. Too bad they are a dying breed and soon there won't BE Republicans any more. A few T-Parties and the major parties will be Dems and Independents. Oh well. Too Bad, So Sad as they like to say.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 15, 2012

    Ah yes another way for the school system to reach into the pockets of the citizens. That 6000 should be returned as a credit on the electric bill of the people that paid to build, operate, and maintain that school.