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Bluestone Elementary Solar Panel Project Resumes

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 6:09 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Harrisonburg City Public Schools is putting out a request for companies to bid for the installation solar panels on the roof of Bluestone Elementary School.

The project was put on hold for the past year due to COVID-19, but the school division is looking to get it started again.

When the school was built in 2015, its roof was designed for solar panels, but there wasn’t enough money available to build them.

The project is part of the school division’s continued efforts to go green.

“We’re hoping to come out as a lead gold school for that, which is a pretty big deal,” said Craig Mackail, HCPS Chief Operating Officer. “With these solar panels we’re hoping to get to net zero where that school doesn’t cost anything, it generates all its own energy.”

The project will also include educational resources for students. “We’d like to get a solar panel mounted on the ground so kids can actually see it and touch it, with a monitoring station so they can see how much energy one solar panel is generating,” said Mackail.

There are also plans for a monitoring station inside the school to track how much energy is being generated by the roof panels.

The school division hopes to have a company selected within the next month and expects the project will be completed by the fall.

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