Roseburg, Or (KMTR) The Phoenix School of Roseburg is celebrating the installation of new solar panels on their campus. It's the first school in all of Douglas County to create solar energy, and it's just one of many firsts the school has planned.
The project started in 2009. The solar panels are just one of the projects developed to achieve "green school status" with students and staff learning new ways to conserve energy and reduce waste.
They had a dedication celebration today. Refreshments and snacks provided were even made from vegetables grown in the school's garden.
School officials say with solar panels onsite, the school gets a chance to give their student's hands-on experience with solar technology. The thirty three kilowatt array provides fourteen percent of the school's energy and real time information on the panel’s energy production is sent to the schools computer lab for up to the minute analysis.