Northeast Iowa School Is Combating High Energy Costs
Energy prices have been through the roof, just like gas prices. One Eastern Iowa school is planning to use its roof to lower its costs.
According to the Telegraph Herald, Dubuque Community School District will be installing 237 solar panels on the roof of Sageville Elementary School. The panels will be partnered with a five-battery backup to store excess energy in case of an emergency.
The idea came about a few years ago as a way to save on the energy bill. According to Kevin Kelleher, the district’s financial officer in a report by KCRG, the district will be able to save around $900 a month in energy from the solar panels.
Currently, the project is only planned for the elementary school, but if the project is a success, they will expand it to other schools.
According to Kelleher, the project will cost $350,000. They are expecting to save around $30,000 a year once the panels are installed.
The panels will be installed on the school’s roof in spring 2023.
Dubuque is a solar-friendly place
Back in July, the Iowa Capital Dispatch wrote about a program in Dubuque that would help residents install solar panels in their homes.
In a city council meeting, the council unanimously approved contributions of $3,285 for each participant in the Renew DBQ pilot program that would help install the panels. The program will select 10 people per year to participate.
The state offered $36.6 million in solar incentives between 2012 and 2020 but this program was not renewed in the 2021 legislative session. This decision left hundreds of Iowans losing $3,000.