Coleman Elementary School Solar Array

Coleman School District Superintendent Brian Walters (right) watches as Eland Electric workers Paul Mahlik (left) and Rick Brice install solar panels on the roof of Coleman Elementary School as a part of the SolarWise for Schools program. The 24-kilowatt solar-electric system will benefit the district in energy savings and in resources to the students as they learn about solar energy. The solar array was installed on the roof of the Coleman Elementary School and is expected to save the school an average of $4,000 a year in energy costs.The project is a part of the SolarWise for Schools program, which uses the Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation to provide schools with solar panels and installation, maintenance for 15 years, and a 26-week lesson plan with resources to learn about the renewable energy source and training for teachers who will use the curriculum.

The Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation, Focus on Energy, and the Eland Electric Corp provided funding for this project.

Coleman, WI
Photo courtesy of Rick Gebhard/Eagle Herald