Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School is now producing its own electricity thanks to a solar cell installation.
Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Santee Cooper and the Jasper County School District were part of the dedication held Monday that makes the school a Green Power Solar School.
Each Green Power Solar School receives a 2-kilowatt solar power system, which will provide a teaching and research opportunity for students, as part of the program.
The project uses a new renewable energy curriculum that meets state science standards. There's also an Internet-based monitoring system that provides real-time data on the solar panels and data from other schools in the solar program.
"We are excited about this important project, and we thank Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper for the new learning opportunity they have presented to our students and staff," said Dr. Vashti Washington, superintendent for Jasper County School District, in a statement. "The Green Power Solar School at Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School will allow students to get a firsthand look at how electricity can be produced through solar technology. This allows students to get an extraordinary look at how electricity can be produced through hands on activities outside the doors of the classroom. The Jasper County School District is honored to have been selected to participate in this program."
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