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Caroline County Public School's Solar Project

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Caroline County Public Schools on Wednesday unveiled several hundred yards of solar panels at Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg.

"It's got a lot of environmental qualities. It's green energy, it's reducing the carbon footprint and all the good things that go along with that as far as renewable energy source and it's our most abundant resource that we have and we are able to catch it," said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel.

Over the next 30 years, the solar panel project is expected to reduce greenhouse gasses equal to the planting of more than 300,000 trees. Nagel said that not only is it environmentally-friendly; it will save the county and its schools money.

"In year one we hope to save $40,000-$60,000 between these three sites, and that's a classroom teacher right there," Nagel said.

Larry Porter, who is president of the Caroline County Commissioners, wants the money saved to be used to benefit the county's students.

"We are very proud that it's the largest on the Eastern Shore but also we want the resources and the money to be spent in the classrooms and I am confident that they are going to be able to channel these savings into the classrooms with the students," Porter said.

With a tight school budget, this renewable energy will help alleviate some of the costs. Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate these systems, which were built with no up-front cost to the schools through a power purchase agreement.

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