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Dublin High School Goes Solar
Tuesday, 12 March 2013

March 12--  School administrators around Georgia are keeping an eye on what happened yesterday at Dublin High School.  It could save them lots of money in energy costs in coming years.

ImageGroundbreaking was held for solar panels that Dublin High School plans to use to provide electricity at the school.

"This is going to be a very positive thing for us. It will start saving money for us immediately," Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter said.

"The bottom line is its going to reduce our power bill," Ledbetter said. "Over time as power rates go up over the course of the lease, it saves us even more money."

In the first year alone, the power plant is expected to save the school district $100,000 and cut one furlough day. Ledbetter says over the next 25 years, the district will save $3.5 million.

MAGE SOLAR is supplying the materials for power plant. Over the next 25 years, the school district will lease it from Greenovations for $300,000 a year.

Solar panels on the roofs and ground at the high school will turn sunlight directly into electricity, enough to power the entire school.

On days where it is rainy or overcast, Dublin High School won't be in a blackout. Instead, it will buy energy from Georgia Power like normal.

Construction is set to begin immediately. The solar panels should be up and running by June.

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