West Salem begins 288-panel solar project at middle school

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) — The School District of West Salem started its first ever solar project on the roof of its middle school building.

The project – a 288-panel solar array – is projected to produce 140,000 kW during the first year’s use. According to school officials, that would offset 22% of the building’s energy use.

“As a district, we are very thankful to our local donor who is helping to bring energy savings to our district and provide educational learning opportunities for our students,” Superintendent Ryan Rieber said. “This is a big win for our district and the West Salem community.”

The school district says funding for the project came from an anonymous donor, as well as grants from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Solar on Schools program and Hammond Climate Solutions’ Solar Moonshot program out of San Diego, CA.

The Solar Moonshot program has also helped to fund solar projects for other districts throughout the state including the Madison Metropolitan School District, Eau Claire Area School District, and the School District of La Crosse.

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