School board discusses solar power

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By Kirsten Laskey

Running up the electric meter may be less of a worry for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The two entities discussed during the regular school board meeting Tuesday applying for a $25,000 grant from Los Alamos National Security (LANS) to help purchase photovoltaic solar panels to mount onto the roof of PEEC and/or on a wing in Los Alamos High School.

“I’m really excited about this,” board member Jody Benson said.

However, she worried the two potential wings at the high school, L-wing or P-wing, wouldn’t be the optimal sites because they do not get enough sunlight.

Board president Steve Girrens disagreed, pointing out that P-wing was next to the parking lot.

Chick Keller, a member of the PEEC board, encouraged the school board to partake in the grant. “PEEC is happy to do this with the schools,” he said.

Although there are other considerations, Keller encouraged installing the panels on the PEEC building because  it would be “smoother” and be more effective in targeting single family homeowners about energy efficiency practices.

Regardless of where they are placed, Business Manager John Wolfe reminded the board the solar panels would not make huge impact on generating energy.

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