The Monticello School district is seeking power their middle school via renewable energy.
Superintendent of the Piatt County district, Dr. Vic Zimmerman says they are waiting to hear from the State of Illinois on renewable energy credits that would set up solar panels near the building.
According to Dr. Zimmerman, the school could be completely powered by the solar farm but if it could not be, they could supplement what they will need by going back out to the grid. He feels it is a worthwhile investment to lower costs.
Dr. Zimmerman points out, this would be one of the more recent efforts to lower energy costs. In years past, Monticello has been among other schools to enter into agreements for fixed rates on energy at lower rates. He says the opportunity to create green energy in a space that doesn't have much use for the district would be a good look for the school and the community.