Monday, February 6, 2012

Solar-Power Project Debuts at Local Middle School

Sierra Middle School on Thursday unveiled its $200,000 solar power system courtesy of a PG&E grant that will power about 20 classrooms, lower the campus' overall energy bill and will be used as a catalyst for "green" education.

The school also celebrated its new title -- "California Solar Schools Model" -- the first in PG&E's Solar School Program that teaches the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency at 125 campuses throughout California.

Joining the campus in the ribbon cutting celebration Thursday were district administrators, elected officials and solar and energy company representatives.

The 44 solar panels hang above the blacktop and generate 20 kilowatts, and could save about $6,000 per year in energy costs, officials said. The campus is also home to a 1 kilowatt solar array.

The campus since 2005 has been home to a Kids for Solar Energy Club, advised by teachers Allison Arnold and Robert Hodash, each of whom were recognized for their efforts.


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