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LAPS expects $250,000 for solar project

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Los Alamos schools are among 15 districts to receive federal stimulus funds

By Kirsten Laskey

Fifty-kilowatts may seem like a tiny spark of energy, but generated through solar photovoltaic electric systems, the benefits light up in a hurry.

Los Alamos Public Schools is among 15 New Mexico school districts picked to receive federal stimulus funds to build ground-base photovoltaic solar electric array systems.

A total of $4.5 million will be awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Program.

While official notice of the grant has not been received, Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he expects to get between $250,000-$300,000 to install the electric system on San Idelfonso Road and Hawk Drive by Los Alamos Middle School.

Once that official notice is given, Schmidt said the school district will work with the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning committee to determine the best way to handle the project.

The work may not have started yet but the benefits of the project are greatly anticipated.

The energy savings is one advantage. Schmidt estimated there will be $6,000-$12,000 in savings.


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