Study: Going solar brings financial, air-quality benefits for schools

With energy costs often second only to employee compensation, education leaders are looking for additional ways to cut expenses — especially when teachers are making demands for higher salaries and other benefits.

Solar panels on school rooftops can result in significant energy savings — as much as 75% of a school’s or institution’s current electricity consumption — and improve health by reducing pollutants in the air, according to a new study appearing in Environmental Research Letters.

California, Texas and Florida would likely save the most money on electricity, while Midwest states with “high-polluting technologies,” such as Wisconsin and Ohio, would likely see the greatest health and environmental benefits, the authors write.

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