Board Approves Solar Panels for 7 Albemarle Co. Schools

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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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