ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
A 20-year deal will bring solar energy to several Albemarle County school buildings.
Thursday night, the school board voted 6-0 to authorize Chief Operating Officer Dean Tistadt to move forward with the plan.
Staunton-based Secure Futures will pay to install and operate solar panels on seven schools: Monticello and Albemarle High Schools, Sutherland Middle School, and Baker-Butler, Brownsville, Greer, and Hollymead Elementary Schools.
The sun could provide 14 percent of electricity needs for each of those buildings. The school system expects to save nearly $80,000 over 20 years.
The solar panels are expected to be installed this summer, and be completed by the beginning of the new school year.
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