AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - School and community leaders in the valley celebrated a major accomplishment on Wednesday.

Right now, with the installation of solar panels at seven schools, Augusta County holds the title for the largest solar energy array for a public school system in Virginia.

On Wednesday, March 6, Clymore Elementary celebrated the environmental, economic, and educational benefits that go along with solar energy, along with the two former students who started it all - Lizzie Hepler and Elias Nafziger.

Nafziger says he's proud and surprised of this accomplishment.

"I would have been happy with, like, a small solar tree out in the front of Fort Defiance High School,” Nafziger said. “But the fact that the administration listened and supported this idea and then that it led to the biggest solar array for public schools in Virginia is really very surprising to me."

The panels are expected to produce 31 percent of the school district's power, saving the county about $500,000 over the next 20 years.