WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of the largest privately-owned solar power systems in the Kansas is operational at a Wichita-area high school.
Maize High School on Tuesday switched on a system with 720 solar panels that will generate enough energy in one day to power the school for a month.
Physics and chemistry teacher Stan Bergkamp says the 240 kilowatt system is 400 feet long and 75 feet wide. It sits next to the high school.
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Bergkamp said he promoted the project in response to the threat of climate change.
He estimates once the system is paid for, it will save the school $3,200 a month and reduce annual carbon emissions by 240 tons.
ICM Inc. bought the $400,000 system and will lease it to Maize High School for six years.