Four Corners school district eyes solar power to reduce cost

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) – A school district in the heart of New Mexico’s Four Corners oil and gas country is looking toward solar to reduce expenses.

The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico reports the Aztec Municipal School District board members recently approved a second project to install solar panels on district property.

The plan calls for installing solar panels on the roofs of five Aztec schools that is projected to cost about $915,000.

The move comes as administrators prepare to submit a third solar energy project for board approval that could produce as much energy as the first two projects combined.

Officials say the new solar panel system could generate about 341 kilowatts of energy, and it could produce about $86,000 in energy savings the first year.

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