AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Augusta County Public Schools are looking forward to hopefully saving some money with solar energy.

Seven county schools are getting solar panels installed, and three are already done.

These efforts come at no cost to taxpayers.

Secure Futures owns the panels, and Augusta County will buy the power back.

They expect to save $30,000 the first year and more than $400,000 over a 20-year period.

"It's promoting good environmental practice,” Greg Troxell, the maintenance director of Augusta County Public Schools, said. “We are saving the - we're doing our best to try to save and help the planet and the climate and all that. It's gonna be a good educational resource for our kids."

Once the project is done, Augusta schools will be the largest solar school system in the state until Richmond and Harrisonburg take that mark.