Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Government to Spend at Least $9 Million for Solar-Powered Schools

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Government to Spend at Least $9 Million for Solar-Powered Schools

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Alberta to spend millions on solar-powered schools

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CALGARY - The Alberta government plans to spend at least $9 million to install solar panels on schools across the province.

Funding will initially be available for 36 new schools that are in the planning and design phases.

Cost are estimated to range from about $250,000 to $750,000 per project, depending on the size of the school and other conditions.

Education Minister David Eggen and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips made the announcement at a Calgary junior high school that installed 40 solar panels on its roof in 2014.

Phillips says in addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, the project is a good opportunity for students to learn about solar power and climate change.

Eggen says he expects there to be a lot of interest from school boards in the voluntary program. …

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