A group of Fayette County students believes McIntosh High School is a prime location for solar panels. Courtesy Ted Lord

Fayette County students want McIntosh High to go solar

Inspired by a solar-powered flagpole light on their campus, a group of students at Peachtree City’s McIntosh High School is putting forth a plan to install solar panels on the entire school roof.

Led by senior Ted Lord, seven students made a presentation to the Fayette County Board of Education on May 20 outlining their reasoning and strategy. The group told the board that using solar power to generate electricity would save the school system thousands of dollars that could be re-allocated to other programs, and would benefit the environment as well as the science and technology curriculum.

Based on an estimated $2.67 million installation cost, Lord said the solar system would offer a return on investment within six to seven years and could qualify for grants and power purchase agreements.

The school board did not immediately reply to the proposal, but Lord said more meetings with school officials are planned.

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