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New high school will be powered with renewable energy

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—During a special work session Thursday, June 27, Lancaster supervisors recommended adding a solar panel project to the roof of the new high school, complementing the geothermal system that is already part of the school design and currently under construction.

The roof had already been designed to withstand the added weight of the future photovoltaic (PV) panels in case supervisors chose to add them, said VMDO Architects associate principal Bryce Powell.

CMTA electrical engineer Donny Yaste walked supervisors through a proposed system and possible procurement process that could take place as part of the build or be done later.

Yaste proposed a monocrystalline, monofacial photovoltaic (PV) modules on a racked system that would sit on the school’s roof and would be designed to withstand hurricane-force winds of 115-120 m.p.h.

He outlined two procurement options….

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