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April 3, 2013

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Future Looking Bright for the MRH School District

Earlier this year the MRH district installed 40 solar panels on the cafeteria’s roof as part of the Solar Energy Savings by Microgrid Energy. These solar modules cover the roof of the MRH cafeteria with a capacity of over 9,600 watts. Not only do the solar panels supply an effective amount of energy, but they also reduce the cost of the school’s electric bill.

“I think it’s amazing that we are saving energy especially because of all the energy we use for our computers,” said freshmen Maja Eernisse.

Chef Robert Rusan said the panels show how our school can use sustainable energy.  “If we can cut down on fossil fuels and use natural energy, that is a great thing,” said Rusan. Having solar panels at the high school has already conserved 30 kilowatt hours per day (kwh/day) with a carbon offset of over 797 lbs a month, which is an equivalent of nine trees. In addition, these solar panels supply the cafeteria and school with over 12,300 kwh of energy a year.

Freshman Cameron Clemmons says he’d like to see even more.  ”It’s pretty cool that we have solar panels to conserve energy in the school. You don't see them at a lot of schools around here ” said Clemmons. Not only do solar panels help save high rising energy costs, but science teachers now have an example of solar power to use in their curriculum. The solar panels give students a real-life example of sustainable living to study.

Story by Isiah Grey

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.