31 Jan 2012 - Using solar energy as a power supply seems like an obvious fit for Arizona. Here in the valley, we typically get nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.
Now, a local school district is taking advantage of all that sunny weather.
There was applause all round as the Buckeye Union High School District moved into the solar age. The three high schools in the district will now receive all of their power from the solar panels installed at the schools.
“It runs everything in the school, it’ll run the lights, the plug load, the HV/AC system, everything that uses power in the school will be run off the solar power,” says Michael Smith from Constellation Energy.
And that means saving money -- up to 70 percent on electric costs.
For a district that's seen its budget cut over $3 million in the last few years, this project will save almost $200,000 -- money that can be put to good use. read more>>>