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Solar farm to save Guilderland schools millions

May 15, 2019 07:39 PM

ALTAMONT - On 22 acres off of Becker Road in Altamont sits the region's newest solar farm. The 8,800 panel farm is the product of a joint venture with Guilderland Central School District and ForeFront Power.

"It's good for our community, it's good for our planet and I think it sends a great message to our students who we teach about renewable energy and caring for our planet by actually doing it," said Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles.

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Wiles says the energy the farm generates will save the district between $4 million and $5 million over the next 20 years.

Forefront started installing the panels last fall and the farm went online three weeks ago. On Wednesday, the district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by a group of 5th graders from Lynnwood Elementary and a class from Farnsworth Middle School.

"I think it's really great they're using this. Like, it's way better for the environment," said 7th grader Michelle Mayer.

David Ganske is with ForeFront Power and says the solar farm will offset the district's carbon footprint by about 58-percent. He said the solar panels will generate enough electricity to power 300 houses.

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Jacquie Slater

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