Hillside Elementary School in Lockwood celebrated an early Christmas present Wednesday.
NV Energy teamed up with Black Rock Solar to install brand new solar panels at the school, completely free of charge. Black Rock Solar donated the panels, and the system is expected to save the school about $8,000 in energy costs every year.
"Every cent that we can save, we can turn around and put back into the classroom," Storey County School District Superintendent Robert Slaby said. "And we can buy more things for them to use, so they can learn."
The school and Black Rock Solar took advantage of NV Energy's rebate program to put in the solar array, which would normally have cost about $200,000.
On top of those savings, the people behind the project said this is helping the district and the state grow their green energy programs. It also teaches the students about the technology of the future. Black Rock Solar representatives said the number of new solar installations nationwide nearly doubles every year.
"This is just the start," Black Rock Executive Director Patrick McCully said. "There's a clean energy revolution going on, and we're seeing the start of it right here."
This is the third solar project to be installed in Storey County schools.