School invests in solar

OXFORD, Mich. — Solar panels are expected to produce two-thirds of the electricity needed to operate the Upland Hills School complex this year, the school director told The Oakland Press.

The private school complex includes a school, theater, dome workshop and the director's house, according to The Press. The monthly bill is expected to run around $175, Phillip Moore, school director, told The Press.

If the school adds a wind generator within the next five years, as planned, it will become a net energy school and have spare electricity to share with neighbors, Moore said, according to The Press.

Moore said the annual electricity cost was about $7,000 before the solar panel system was installed and now will be approximately $2,000 to $3,000. The cost of the system itself was not reported.

The Oakland Press, "Solar school: Upland Hills to produce two-thirds of power this school year with new solar panels," Sept. 8, 2010

Michigan Capitol Confidential, "Michigan's Costly Tab for Cap-and-Trade," July 9, 2010