SJSD Moving Forward on Consideration of Solar Power

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 10/07 2013 09:49PM

Updated 10/08 2013 09:55AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District took another cautious step toward going greener.

At its finance committee meeting Monday, members gave the go-ahead toward looking more at installing solar energy units in the schools.

The district estimates that it could save almost two million dollars in costs over 20 years.

A contract could be presented to the Board of Education for its approval at its meeting next Monday.

"We're up there with the structural engineers, electricians and the solar panel people looking at every roof," said Rick Hartigan, Chief Operating Officer for the school district. "We want to know which roofs can accept the panels. How long it can sit there without having to be removed? The right location to maximize the best location of the sun."

The district is working with the Brightergy solar panel company.

The two are working on a tight timeline because the energy rebates available will be greatly reduced if a contract is not signed before the end of the year.

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