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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school board has approved joining a solar project that is estimated to save the district more than $400,000 over 25 years.

The Caledonian Record reports the St. Johnsbury School Board voted unanimously Monday to join the project led by Norwich Solar Technologies. The solar facility is being built behind the Green Mountain Mall.

The company says the school will have no upfront costs, the solar panels will not be owned by the district and the energy savings would be instant.

The solar project will be connected to the current Green Mountain Power utility grid. Part of the net metering credits will be shared with the school, resulting in about $10,000 a year in energy savings.

The company has entered similar partnerships with schools in Newbury and Bradford.


Information from: The Caledonian-Record,