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SGF BOE approves solar project for district

September 11, 2015

The South Glens Falls Central School District will be taking advantage of significant energy cost savings through a new solar power initiative starting in 2016.

The South Glens Falls Central School District Board of Education signed a power purchase agreement at its Sept. 10, 2015, meeting with local solar power provider SolarCity to build and maintain a ground-mounted solar panel array. The project, which will be built at no cost to the district through state energy grants, is expected to save the district about $2.5 million in energy costs over the next 18 years. First year energy savings are expected to be $121,453. The solar array will be fully operational by Dec. 31, 2016.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our school district to expand our energy management program and provide an alternative energy source at no cost to the district, which will in turn save us a significant amount of money over the next 18 years,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “We have been researching the use of alternative energy for our schools for the past two years and we are very excited to be moving forward with this solar project.”

As part of the solar initiative, students will have the opportunity to learn about solar energy through hands-on classroom activities with instructional materials supplied by SolarCity, as well as information about other renewable energy sources. SolarCity will provide the opportunity for SGF teachers to attend a workshop on renewable energy technologies, and access data that will continuously be monitoring the efficiencies of the district’s own solar array.

“The board of education is very pleased with the project, and we are looking forward to the cost savings this will provide for our community, and the learning opportunities this will provide for our students and staff,” said SGF Board of Education President William Elder.

The ground-mounted solar panels will be installed in a district-owned wooded lot behind Harrison Avenue Elementary School.

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