Group pursues solar panels for UP high school roof

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Parents are proposing to put solar panels on the roof of the locker room at Houghton High School in the Upper Peninsula.

Supporters say it would be a unique source of electricity for the school and a teaching tool for students. Houghton-Portage Superintendent Doreen Kramer says reaction has been "very positive."

Jim Vendlinski told the school board this week that a local bank's foundation is committing $4,000. The group is also applying for a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Energy Office in Lansing. The project would cost about $42,000.

The Daily Mining Gazette says supporters have talked to the Copper Country Intermediate School District about developing classes around solar energy.

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Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette, http://www.mininggazette.com