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Marshall University to Install Solar Panels on Local High School’s Roof

Marshall to install solar panels at University High in Morgantown

Posted: May 25, 2012 9:36 AM EDT

Updated: May 25, 2012 9:36 AM EDT

 

Marshall will install a solar panel system similar to this one at Welch High School at University High in Morgantown. Source: Marshall UniversityMarshall will install a solar panel system similar to this one at Welch High School at University High in Morgantown. Source: Marshall University

Marshall University is expanding its project to provide solar power to schools around the state.
Marshall’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences is planning to install solar panels at University High School in Morgantown, according to a news release from the university. The project is being conducted with the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall and the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Office of Coalfield Community Development.
This will be the second school in the state to be part of the project, the news release states. Earlier this year, the university installed solar panels at Mount View High School in Welch.
“There continues to be a great deal of interest in renewable energy from solar panels,” Brownfields Center Project Coordinator George Carico said in the news release. “There are many challenges while this technology is still evolving, with initial system cost and the rate of financial return being the largest hurdles. This system will help people understand the various aspects—both good and bad—of utilizing this type of energy. At University High School, the students, teachers, parents and community will be getting hands-on knowledge. We’ll be educating a wide variety of people.”
University High’s system will consist of 24 solar panels with a total rated output of 6 kilowatts, the news release states. The panels will be mounted on the school’s gymnasium, which faces the south.
The panels are scheduled to be installed this summer.

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