DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A school in the Emerald City of Dublin is living up to the town's nickname by going green with a new solar energy power plant that will save jobs in the district and millions of dollars.
Here comes the sun, and for Dublin City Schools, it is going to be more than alright.
"This is going to be a very positive thing for us. It will start saving money for us immediately," Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter said.
Saving green is why Ledbetter wants to build a solar energy power plant at Dublin High School. The project has been in the works for two years.
"The bottom line is its going to reduce our power bill," Ledbetter said. "Over time as power rates go up over the course of the lease, it saves us even more money."
In the first year alone, the power plant is expected to save the school district $100,000 and cut one furlough day. Ledbetter says over the next 25 years, the district will save $3.5 million.
"We feel like its good stewardship of the taxpayer money and also good stewardship of the Earth God gave us," Ledbetter said.
MAGE SOLAR is supplying the materials for power plant. Over the next 25 years, the school district will lease it from Greenovations for $300,000 a year.
Solar panels on the roofs and ground at the high school will turn sunlight directly into electricity, enough to power the entire school.
"Technology has finally delivered the ability to convert something that is free in nature directly into something that is a very useful product," Robert Green, CEO of Greenovations, said.
"Solar is a really great alternative because its one of these alternatives that the Lord gives us and we can take advantage of," Joe Thomas, CEO of MAGE SOLAR, said.
From the sky to the school, this district is going green with every sunbeam
On days where it is rainy or overcast, Dublin High School won't be in a blackout. Instead, it will buy energy from Georgia Power like normal.
Construction is set to begin immediately. The solar panels should be up and running by June.