- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Black Hills State University is considering a project to install solar panels on the roofs of four buildings on campus.

Each panel would be tied directly to the building and would reduce the energy the university would have to purchase from its two current providers, The Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/2jEZJUS) reports.

“We want to be known as the campus that cares about the environment, cares about the Black Hills, and cares about our surroundings,” said Kathy Johnson, vice president for Finance and Administration at Black Hills State University.

Information from the South Dakota Board of Regents says the first-year cash savings is projected at $10,000. The solar panels will produce an estimated 1.5 million kilowatt hours, or approximately 17 percent, of the university’s electricity use over a year. The panels are expected to last 40-50 years.

Director of university and community relations Corinne Hansen said the school is working on a contract with a third party so the panels would not cost the university anything.

Hansen said the third party would own the panels and the university would buy the electricity from them.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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