Going Green: Solar Panels
These solar panels being installed on a high school roof aren't just an effort to go green. The Fayetteville-Manlius school district is using the addition of solar power to actively include their students in learning how green energy works.
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Mike Vespi the F-M Assistant Superintendent for Business Services said, "The students will have an opportunity to monitor the data in terms of what electricity is being produced and so we are really excited about that because this is a project that will allow our students to learn from the actual installation of the solar panels."
The district says eager learners can become socially responsible by understanding the importance of sustaining a healthy planet. F-M high school is being dressed with the panels, as is Wellwood Middle School. At Mott Road Elementary a solar water heater is in action. And a waste oil heater will be installed after a new bus garage is constructed. And while these new implements aren't completely unusual, they do add to a new dimension of learning for children.
"It's not something that you see every day. It's not something that is common. Students now, especially at Wellwood, everyday we'll be able to look out the third story window and see that solar array. And then they'll be able to get online and see that energy that's being produced,” said Vespi.
Aside from energy savings, the district will certainly see cost savings. The project is completely funded by state and federal monies. But more than that, the project will save the district energy dollars.
"Total savings is estimated to be $24,000 a year in total electricity savings,” said Vespi, "I think this is something that will really catch on. I think the students will be very excited about this, because in the past with the projects they've worked on, they've shown a great deal of enthusiasm. And so I certainly agree with that notion."