Turning to the Sun
Like many school districts across the United States, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation was facing budget deficits due to rising costs associated with running the facility. With its new set of six 4-by-10-foot solar panels, the expenses of keeping the building operational dropped substantially. Thanks to a grant from Bartholomew County REMC and Hoosier Energy for renewable energy investment, which was reportedly worth $67,000, Mt. Healthy Elementary is able to enjoy a number of ecological and financial benefits.
Additionally, students can utilize this technology for educational purposes. Teachers at Mt. Healthy Elementary may also draw data from the solar panel system to show their classrooms how energy savings is achievable through technology. Similarly, science experiments can be conducted that rely on the real-world information gleaned from the installation.
Speaking with The Republic, McCoy went on to speculate that the new array is the first of several planned improvements. One proposal involves equipping the panels with an automatic computer system, which could monitor it for problems and identify ways to increase efficiency.