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School may expand use of solar power

February 14, 2011
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POULSBO, WA — While solar modules on the roof of the Poulsbo Middle School gymnasium are being installed, expansion plans for renewable energy in the North Kitsap School District are already underway, according to the North Kitsap Herald.
"We have a limited amount of time for this funding," said David Dumpert, director of facility maintenance, operations and capital programs.
The funding for the district to expand its renewable energy, originally $100,000, was reduced to $75,000, the article noted.
The project on the middle school gymnasium, expected to be finished in less than two months, is the largest school solar energy project in the state of Washington: Once completed, about 7,500 square feet of the gymnasium roof will be covered in solar modules, which will generate about 72,000 kilowatt-hours, the article stated.
According to the article, though the modules are located on school property, they will not belong to the district for 10 years.
Once the district owns the system, it could save about $7,500 per year in energy costs at current rates, the article added.
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