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WPS installs solar panels at Newman Catholic High School

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Technicians from Eland Electric install a solar panel array on the roof of Newman Catholic High School, June 18 2013
Newman Catholic High School in Wausau
Technicians from Eland Electric install a solar panel array on the roof of Newman Catholic High School, June 18 2013

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Students at Newman Catholic High School will have a new tool to learn about science next year: solar panels.

Wisconsin Public Service sponsors renewable energy installations at local schools across the state and today a 2.5 kilowatt solar array was installed on the roof of the school. Mike Moore from WPS says the panels come with a number of benefits to the school. "They're going to get a complete renewal energy curriculum for their science classes, and they'll compete in the Solar Olympics."

The array is strong enough to provide about $400 a year in electricity for the school, enough to power three classrooms. The array is also linked in to the WPS SolarWise program, which allows students and teachers to monitor the output of the panels and use that data to teach to students. Science teacher Steve Knudsen says it's a great addition. "They're going to really learn about what this system can do, and what it can do in the future."

This is the 49th SolarWise installation by WPS, and joins solar panels at Wausau West, DC Everest and Mosinee.

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