Sheridan Community Schools – which serve the central Indiana town of the same name — are going 100 percent solar, according to WFYI.
The story says that the district, which has slightly more than 1,000 students, expects to save between $4 million and $5 million over a 20-year period. The move is expected to cut the percentage of the school budget that is spent on energy. Currently, the story says, that is about 20 percent.
Solar became a top agenda item when a notice was received indicating that rates were likely to rise 7 percent. The district also saw that the cost of solar was falling and that interest rates on the financing that would pay for the project were going down.
School districts increasingly are looking to increase energy efficiency and save money. Last month, Hacienda la Puente Unified School District in California reported that it is well on its way to improving performance in its aging facilities. For the past six years, it gradually has installed modern lighting and the upgraded HVAC and HVAC controls, according to the district.