Vegas Schools Get State OK For Pilot Renewable Energy Plan

Nevada's biggest school district has gotten state approval for a pilot program to to harness the wind and the sun to power six high schools next year.

A Clark County School District administrator says there's a June
5th deadline for renewable energy providers to submit proposals to
build solar and wind power generators.

He says using renewable energy could save up to $200,000 for
schools during the first year.

Renewable energy companies would pay start-up costs and own
solar panels or wind turbines.

A third-party arrangement calls for schools to pay Nevada Power
for the power that's generated. That'll get around regulatory
hurdles.

Officials think renewable energy providers will be attracted by
federal tax breaks and the chance to demonstrate systems to
green-minded investors and students.

They say the program hinges on community approval. Solar panels
on rooftops won't be visible, but neighbors have a veto if they
oppose wind turbines.


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