Solar panel project proposed

BenLogan Schools

In an effort to reduce costs of electricity and to enhance students’ learning opportunities, Benjamin Logan schools are considering installing a solar panel array on campus.

Board of education members in a regular meeting Monday heard a proposal to install the 75-megawatt solar array in a field east of the high school football stadium. 

According to information from Solar Planet, he Columbus-based firm proposing the project, the district could save at least $7,000 in energy costs annually, and reduce by about a third the district’s electricity use per year.

There is no upfront cost to the school district to install the solar array, the school board was told. As part of a 25-year agreement with Solar Planet, the district fundamentally leases the equipment and pays for the service through energy savings. Such a contract would also afford the school district the chance to purchase the system along the way, or upon conclusion of the contract.

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