|Published:||Apr 27, 2010 8:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 27, 2010 8:17 PM EDT|
Lee County, Fla - Three Lee County Schools are going solar.
This allows them to be fully-powered emergency shelters during a natural disaster.
But it doesn't stop there, the stored energy also saves us money and helps children learn.
"We're really excited about it," said Cherie Sukovich, a teacher at Island Coast High School.
Island Coast High School, Oak Hammock Middle School and Veterans Park Academy of the Arts are the other schools selected by the Florida Solar Energy Center to receive a solar panel system.
"Their primary goal is to power the school during hurricanes," Sukovich said.
The $125,000 value per system, allows the school to store enough energy to be a fully operational emergency shelter.
The panels will cover 2000 square feet in a field next to the Island Coast High School, which was chosen from thousands of schools across the state.
"We submitted the grant on line and we were fortunate enough be selected," Sukovich said.
The solar panels aren't only for natural disasters.
Teachers also want to use that stored energy inside the classroom.
"We're going to take it one step further to educate the kids about alternative energies," said Sukovich.
Sukovich says the solar energy will also be used to power classrooms and the schools aquaculture program, which teaches students about marine life.
It will also power the schools large filtration system the aquaculture program uses.
The energy will allow the program to completely run on natural resources.
The unused power will save taxpayers money!
"It will feed back into the grid and that will lower the energy bill for the district," Sukovich said.
A team from Florida Solar Energy will survey the school in a few weeks to work out logistics.
The solar panels should be installed by August.