A-C Central exploring photo voltaic panels

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:11 pm CST

  • AC Central School District is investigating solar panel installation to reduce operational costs.

    AC Central School District is investigating solar panel installation to reduce operational costs.

    Photo: Prism by Dukas

AC Central School District is investigating solar panel installation to reduce operational costs.

AC Central School District is investigating solar panel installation to reduce operational costs.

Photo: Prism by Dukas

AC Central explores solar panels

ASHLAND – The AC Central School District board is investigating installing solar panels on the roofs of district buildings to help reduce operating costs.

While the board was due to hear suggestions this month, the presentations have been postponed to the January board meeting. Then the board will hear suggestions from three companies who responded to the district’s request for information.

“We wanted to know what it would be like if we put solar panels in our buildings,” said Superintendent Tim Page. “We’ve looked at this before, but it’s been a few years.”

The district has seen utility costs spike, and a solar project could bring those costs down over the years, Page said.

“We need to see how we can save money and keep the district in a good financial place,” he said.

Each proposal will include a different projected amount of savings for the district, Page said.

The project could also offer some educational benefits for students, he said.

Although the students would not be involved in the project itself, the process would provide an opportunity for various science lessons, Page said.

“Whenever you’re doing this type of project, it’s great for science courses – how it works, how electricity is converted,” said Page.

Previous research into the use of solar energy has not evolved due to unanswered questions about the possible effects on the roofs of buildings, Page said.

Some of these questions have since been answered, he said.

“Everyone makes sure there is no roof penetration that they use a different system that keeps the roof intact,” said Page.

The board will decide to move the solar project forward or to continue using a traditional power source after the presentations.

The next board meeting will take place on January 20th at 7pm.

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