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Southeast Dubois School Corp. Exploring Installing Solar Array
Updated October 22, 2016 11:44 AM | Filed under: Education
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(DUBOIS CO.) - Southeast Dubois School Corporation is exploring the installation of a solar array at Cedar Crest Intermediate School.

According to Southeast School Corporation Superintendent Rick Allen, Cedar Crest, located along State Road 162, was chosen because it has about 74 acres land available around it. A section on the northeast quadrant of the property has a 12 percent grade that was created when dirt was moved to build the school and would be an ideal location for the solar array.

Officials say the goal is to zero out the electrical consumption at Cedar Crest.

Brian Walters with the Emcor Group and Andy Cooper with PSG Energy Group says the school board has two options were given, one being an outright purchase by the corporation; the other a lease through the installation company.

Officials say the lease option is estimates to be less than the school's current electrical bill. But owning the field seems to be the more prudent path with Installing 1,453 panels needed to zero out the electric bill. The cost is estimated around $1,298,396. According to Allen, the current electrical bill for Cedar Crest is a bit over $71,000 annually.

If the school moved forward on installing solar through PSG Energy, the company would also convert all the lighting to LED. 

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