Shakamak High School in Jasonville is installing a solar farm that is expected to save the Wabash Valley school more than $1 million over the next 12 years. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the solar farm will be connected to Duke Energy’s power grid this weekend.
Metropolitan School District of Shakamak Superintendent Jeff Gambill says the savings will allow more money to go towards education.
“We’re a smaller corporation, so $75,000 a year for a larger corporation may not seem like much, but for us, it means a lot,” Gambill said. “We’re real excited about it, but there’s more benefits to it besides just the savings in our operations fund.”
The station reports the savings could support new school curriculum and possible career opportunities for students. Additionally, Indianapolis-based Veregy, the company working with Shakamak to install the solar panels, will provide lessons for students to learn about solar energy.
“Green energy is going to be a growing field going forward, and I think it provides an opportunity for our students to learn about that and learn about careers in solar energy,” Gambill said.
WTHI-TV reports the Greene County school is one of the first in its area to pursue a solar farm project.