New generation of energy coming to Granite City School District

Maria Keena
November 13, 2019 - 5:34 pm

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) - Solar power is coming to Granite City Schools. The district was chosen as part of a new project from an Illinois lottery for the New Solar Energy Program generation.

Superintendent James Greenwald tells KMOX that last year he met with State Senator James Clayborne and learned a lot about the energy project.

"We had a two-year journey of trips to other schools, meetings, question and answer sessions, reports to two of our different boards of education and it's become reality today," Greenwald says. "It's almost like a brand new house and watching on the first day when they start to pour the foundation."

Greenwald says the solar ground mounts are in the ground at Maryville and Wilson Elementary Schools and expects the first solar panels could be a reality before the end of the year

Greenwald adds, Lake and Prather Elementary School will be also be receiving solar ground mounts. Mitchell Elementary and the gymnasium at the athletic complex at Granite City high School will be receiving roof mounts.

Greenwald says that's just for starters, "While it took a lot of time and effort, and rightfully so for the board to understand this."

Greewald says the school board was great and he points to Treasurer Doctor Bill McMasters, as being with him all the way.

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