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Five Schools Chosen for Mehlville's Solar Energy Project

Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle, Oakville High and the Witzel Learning Center will be run on solar energy in the fall.

Beasley Elementary, Hagemann Elementary, Bernard Middle, Oakville High and the Witzel Learning Center have been selected for the district's first solar panel project. 

The with StraightUp Solar for five solar panel systems at no out-of-pocket expense. The estimated savings over the length of the lease is $130,660.

The vote was 6-0 with Mark Stoner absent from the May 17 meeting.

Superintendent Eric Knost proposed , , and the  and either or Elementary schools for the solar project. 

The district announced in a release July 2 that Bierbaum would be the fifth building. 

Students will also be able to learn about solar energy in the classroom from web-based monitors of the panels.

Installation will begin this summer, with completion predicted for the fall. 

The superintendent chose the schools because they encompassed all grade levels and had relatively new roofs. The schools also have high visibility to the sky.

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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article said Bierbaum, not Beasley Elementary, would receive the panels. 

D Seidel July 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
This could even inspire taxpayers to explore solar power in their own homes and businesses. Once again, Mehlville School District "giving back" to the community (OHS alum and Board President Venki Palamand's research), being good stewards of tax $, pioneering use of renewable resources and giving taxpayers the best return on their investment. Gee, a board member who provides REAL solutions instead of creating self-serving controversy - how refreshing!

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