ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) -- The Parkway School District in west St. Louis County has completed installation of solar panels on the first of 33 buildings.
After a few more electrical checks, the panels at Barrett’s Elementary School will be connected and start soaking up enough sunshine to generate 5 percent of the school building’s electricity.
The district is avoiding big installation costs by leasing the panels. It’s estimated the solar panels will save the district around $15,000 in the first year and around $1 million dollars over the life of the 20-year contract.
Teachers plan to incorporate information on solar energy and the school’s own solar array into their math and science curriculum.
Meters will be installed at each school so students and teachers can view real-time data on the solar system’s energy production.