Troy Middle School science club members are learning about solar energy cells that power their school.
And science club sponsor Barbara Will-Henn also has plans on incorporating the lessons in her science capstone exploratory classes next year.
Last spring, solar panels were mounted on the roofs of six of Troy Community School District 30-C’s seven schools – the elementary schools Troy Craughwell, Troy Cronin, Troy Heritage Trail and Troy Hofer and William B. Orenic Intermediate School and Troy MiddleSchool.
Ground-mounted panels were also placed at Troy Middle School and Troy Shorewood Elementary School, and a free-standingmobile panel was given to the school district for the purpose of studenteducation.
“Our science club students are learning about how these solar panels are made, how they draw in that energyand convert it to electricity and how that energy is stored,” Will-Henn said in a news release from the district. “They are also learning how we can be responsible citizens by usingscience to diminish our use of fossil fuels.”
Troy’s panels are expected to provide48 percent of the district’s electricity, with cost savings of an estimated$3.8 million over the next 20-30 years. The district received more than $1million of renewable energy credits for the project.