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S. Colonie looks to the sun for savings

Agreement inked that sets stage for largest public school solar project in state

— The Board of Education approved an agreement with Monolith on Tuesday, Aug. 27, pending award of the NYSERDA grant. Monolith is working with the district on the application for funds under the Authority’s New York Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program. It usually takes 60 to 90 days for the agency to approve grants, according to the district.

The agreement could also lead to educational opportunities, officials said. Carr said in the Schodack Central School District, students tour Monolith’s solar facilities and a group of high school students constructed a solar powered go kart for a project. A monitoring system will let students and faculty know what the system’s energy output is at a glance.

If the grant is approved in the fall, the district would aim for a winter installation. All projects must be installed within eight months of the award to be eligible for the grant money.

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