More central Wisconsin schools are going solar

Published: Sep. 13, 2017 at 1:29 PM CDT
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Three schools in central Wisconsin are installing solar energy systems this week. The projects coincide with a statewide trend that ranks Wisconsin 9th in the nation for the number of schools with onsite solar systems.

Crews are currently installing large solar panel arrays at Northland Pines High School and Eagle River Elementary School in Eagle River, along with Land O' Lakes Elementary School. The schools join more than 140 other schools in the state using solar energy to produce clean, renewable energy, save money and teach kids lessons about energy.

Teachers can receive training through a state program that helps them incorporate the solar energy systems into their curriculum. Various energy concepts can be integrated into math, science, art and even creative writing courses.

The lessons learned by students can also help prepare them for future careers. More than 4,000 people in Wisconsin are currently employed in solar-related fields.