The future could be bright and sunny for at least one new school in the Golden Hills School Division.
The Alberta Government is inviting school boards around the province to apply for grant money to install solar panels on new school buildings.
"They are providing funding on an application basis, I think it's up to 36 schools that they're looking at, with the potential for solar," explained Bevan Daverne, Superintendent of the Golden Hills School Division. "They're accepting proposals from school divisions that are currently in a design process."
A statement from Alberta Education says at least $9 million will be spent on the initial solar schools and a committee will be set up to evaluate the program and see if it should be expanded.
While it's too late for Wheatland Crossing School, which has been under construction south of Standard for two years, Daverne believes there may be other projects.
"We do have a school in Strathmore we're currently in the design process on (and) I think we will very likely be putting in a proposal," he added.
"I think there's opportunities for our students to be able to learn something through that," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "If we integrate it in a way in which students can be part of that process in learning during the school day while, at the same time, perhaps have a little bit of an impact on our electricity bills, there's going to be some real potential in that."
Putting solar panels on schools was a recommendation made by students to the Alberta Government as a way to demonstrate leadership on tackling climate change.

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