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Newman Catholic High School goes green


A Wausau high school is going green. Newman Catholic expects to save several hundred dollars a year, all thanks to a new solar-electric system. But officials say it's not just about money.

10 solar-electric panels now sit on the roof of Newman Catholic High School in Wausau.

The panels are part of a system being installed to help produce electricity at the school.

According to Wisconsin Public Service, the system will power at least three classrooms in just seconds.

"Light strikes the solar panels and that converts it into electricity," said Steve Knudsen.

Newman Catholic High School science teacher Steve Knudsen is excited.

"They chose us this year to get a system, we're lucky to get one," said Knudsen.

 Knudsen says the system has several benefits.

"We also have the opportunity to monitor and study the energy coming in through these panels so that we can incorporate that information into our science curriculum for our students," said Knudsen.

He says it gives learning a new meaning.

"This is going to give students direct hands-on ability to study a large solar-energy system that they really didn't have before," said Knudsen.

The system was donated to the school by the WPS Community Foundation through a program that teaches students about energy.

"The "SolarWise for Schools" system gives the panels and it's wired up so that the teacher and the students can see all the data," said Project Manager, Michael Moore.

That, teachers say is a valuable hands-on tool.

"This is going to be a really big step up for teaching students about how to go green because they'll see how practical and how useful a system like this is," said Knudsen.

WPS officials say the installation should be finished by tomorrow.

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