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Miami school district ‘flips the switch’ on new solar energy panels

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2013

The new solar energy panels at Miami High School will save money and provide shaded parking.

Miami — The Miami Unified School District held a ribbon cutting for its new solar energy panels on Thursday morning.

On hand were Miami superintendent Sherry Dorathy, school board members Margret Celix and Barbara Roberts, and representatives from Constellation Energy and Core Construction.

Dorathy told the assembled crowd that within just a few hours of “flipping the switch” to solar power on Monday, Sept. 30, the district was already storing more electricity than it was using. In addition to providing the school district with clean energy and a cheaper electric bill, the solar panels will provide shaded parking and a shaded area for Miami High School students to spend their lunch hour. There is also an educational kiosk in the high school that shows real-time data regarding how much energy is being used, and how much is being stored. Constellation Energy paid for the construction and installation of the solar panels, at no cost to the school district.

The company will recoup its investment through a 20-year agreement with the school district, which will pay Constellation with stored energy. In addition, the school district’s electric costs are locked in for the next 20 years, so administrators will know exactly how much money to budget every year.

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