“It’s going to save the district a little over half a million dollars a year. That’s going to be things from LED lighting to solar panels, air conditioning, windows, drop ceilings, and about a million half of security upgrades. We’ll improve the safety of all the students of Lauderdale County,” said Ryan Burrage, business development executive.
Officials with the school district are all too excited about becoming eco-friendlier.
“Every kilowatt hour that you produce with solar panels is one that's not being produced by carbon and it’s saving the environment and helping the ozone layer,”Burrage said.
Northeast Principal Deborah Porter says this will be an opportunity for STEM students to learn about solar energy during this project.
“Our science teacher can take the resources that we have that will be on campus that will help our students be more aware of how they can be energy efficient, how they can save money as far as the district and as far as the classroom,” said Deborah Porter, Northeast Middle principal.
Administrators say that other factors will also play a part in the solar panel project.
“Everything from LED lighting, to water, school safety, all of those things are going to help improve our district and provide a better atmosphere for our students,” said Kevin Cheatham, CTE/ Director of operations.