East Jordan students raise $70k to put solar panels on their school
Since the start of the school year, a group of middle and high school students in East Bank have been busy practicing presentations, raising money and working with administrators to install a solar panel at their school.
The idea came from a school club run by Matt Hamilton, a history and video production teacher at East Jordan Middle School / High School.
After months of preparation, the contractors started putting up panels last week.
“They are actually on our roof just as we are talking about installing it,” said Hamilton.
“We have been working on this project every day since day one – since the beginning of the school year. So I’m so excited. ”
30 students helped with the project, which will generate 30 kilowatts of electricity – or just over 5 percent of the annual school consumption.
“It’s amazing what a group of middle school students and a couple of high school students can do,” said Mailey Hamilton, one of the club’s advisors. “We raised $ 70,000 in one school year.”
For Matt Hamilton, the project inspired him to invest in solar on his own property too.
“I’ve seen solar panels over the years, but it’s always been unaffordable,” he said. “It is not now. It will be cheap enough for the average person. “