The backside reflectors of the solar panels resting on top of the Hayfield high school building, reflect the sunlight creating a rainbow prism effect. Installation was almost complete on Thursday, August 14. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
The Hayfield School Board and former superintendent Ron Evjen are being credited with their forward thinking and taking the opportunity to save the school district money with their decision to install solar panels on the roof the high school.
Novel Energy Solutions approached the board earlier in the year to present a zero financial risk the company offers. The board took advantage of the program and became one of the first schools in the area to install solar panels.
"The board saw an opportunity to save the district money on their electric bill while having no financial risk," explained Chief Operating Officer of Novel Energy Bill Holzer. "The district can expect to save about 25% on their energy costs over the lifetime of the system."
The school board agreed to a 25 year contract with the company, which will allow the company to keep the solar panels on the roof for that amount of time and at the end of the contract the district will have the option to purchase the system for one dollar. The system has no financial liability on the school district. "If something goes wrong or if something needs to be fixed, we fix it and the school does not pay for it," Holzer said. "We have a lot of non-profits that have taken advantage of our no money down no financial risk program that we offer."
The solar panels will also be used by advanced math and science classes as a hands on teaching tool. "At any time, any of the students can go on and see how much energy this system is providing," Holzer said. "That can be applied to a lot of science and math situations."