Delphi Community School Corporation looks into solar energy

The school corporation is looking into building a solar farm and using solar energy in the years to come. (WLFI File Photo)
The school corporation is looking into building a solar farm and using solar energy in the years to come. (WLFI File Photo)

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – Leaders with a school corporation in Carroll County are touting the idea of using solar energy in its schools.

Delphi Community School Corporation is looking into using solar power to help offset current energy costs.

“This is a project that I feel is in the best interest of our kids at Delphi,” Superintendent Greg Briles said. “It’s not only going to help them as far as financial[ly] in the community, but it’s also gonna help them as far as their education. They’re going to learn how solar energy truly works in the classroom.”

Coming with an estimated $5 million price tag, the solar farm would sit on 15 acres of the corporation’s property.

According to Briles, the costs would be paid for through third party leasing, costing no additional tax dollars.

While the project won’t come cheap, Briles said solar energy could save the district up to $75,000 a year.

“By the year 20, your debt’s paid off and you’re still using the same money that you would generally use for your electricity,” said Briles. “So, you’re just changing dollars is what you’re doing.”

For companies bidding or presenting on the project, there are some stipulations. It must allow FFA members to maintain the grounds. It must also create a program that helps teachers educate their students about solar energy.

“It’s one thing to put in solar energy and say, you know, you’re going to offset your cost. But it’s another thing to take it in the classroom and allow those kids K-12 to see how it reflects the future,” Briles said.

His ultimate goal — to have the solar farm up and running by next August.

“We can’t always rely on the fossil fuels and when we have a safe and clean way of doing that, I think we have to take full advantage of our opportunities while they’re there,” said Briles.

The board will hold a meeting on Dec. 14, where the plan is to choose a company to move forward with the project.