Solar panels installed at Mehlville schools
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Five schools in the Mehlville School District have gone solar. The district celebrated the installation of solar electric panels in a handful of schools Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
One hundred four electric solar panels were installed on the roofs of Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle School, Oakville High Schools, and Witzel Alternative Academy, according to StraightUp Solar spokesperson Erin Noble, with the hope of providing clean and efficient energy.
The district's 20-year lease with StraightUp Solar will result in an estimated $130,000 in energy savings over the next two decades and prevent the consumption of 3.3 million pounds of coal and 6.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions, Noble said.
StraightUp Solar's project will also provide learning opportunities for the schools. Using a web-based monitoring system, Mehlville students and teachers at every grade-level will be able to watch the solar panels in action and monitor their effectiveness.
Students in the Mehlville School District are also raising money for SolarAid, a non-profit group working to provide solar energy to school children in Kenya and Tanzania.
For more information about StraightUp Solar, visit www.straightupsolar.com.