Indiana school district says solar farm will save it $2.2M

A central Indiana school superintendent says his district's newly installed solar farm should save it more than $2 million over 20 years.

The Tipton Community School Corp.'s nearly 2,000 solar panels went online last month at the district's Tipton campus.

The array can produce up to 600 kilowatts of power and is expected to generate 85 percent of the electricity used by the entire district, the Kokomo Tribune reported.

Superintendent Kevin Emsweller said the district has a 20-year lease on the array with Indianapolis-based renewable energy company Johnson-Melloh Solutions, but the energy savings should allow the project to pay for itself in about 12 years. The array is expected to save the district $2.2 million over 20 years.

Some Tipton teachers plan to use the array to teach students about solar energy.

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