Idaho could use $4 million to $6 million from the federal stimulus for solar panels atop flat-topped schools, a move that could power the buildings – and feed electricity into the power grid during summer months when kids are on vacation and demand is greatest.
Paul Kjellander, Office of Energy Resources head, says buying panels with help from the $787 billion economic stimulus would create jobs in the renewable energy industry and have “long term positive impact into the general fund.”
Such an investment, first in a pilot project, could also free up constrained transmission and generation capacity, he said.
Idaho could see $20 million to $30 million for energy programs from the federal bill. Kjellander said 15 percent to 20 percent could be spent on the school solar panel program.
The Associated Press – http://www.idahostatesman.com/IdahoNews/story/692277.html