July 25, 2011 1:14:00 PM
CORINTH -- New solar collection panels will be used to teach students and bring in money for Alcorn County Schools, officials say.
They say solar collection panels at the Alcorn County Career and Technology Center will generate about 79,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year while serving as part of a middle and high-school science curriculum.
"We are really proud of this project," Superintendent Stacy Suggs told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. "In fact, using the curriculum has already started this summer with camps and solar education."
The school district expects to bring in about $17,000 a year by selling power to Alcorn County Electric Power Association.
Alcorn County Schools was one of two districts to get renewable energy grants from the Mississippi Development Authority. It received $287,442; Stone County in south Mississippi received $300,000 each for its middle and high schools.
The Alcorn County school system will hold a public ribbon-cutting for the solar collectors Tuesday at the career and technology center.