Dairyland Power Cooperative says schools at Alma and Cochrane-Fountain City will have solar panels installed for educational purposes by the start of the new school year.

The power company is sponsoring a Solar for Schools initiative that will pay for installing 12-kilowatt solar panels at C-FC, Alma and De Soto.

Dairyland Power said renewable energy produced by the panels would be used to partially offset energy use and educate students.

ABLE Energy Company of Black River Falls, Wis., was contracted to install the solar panels this summer before classes resume in September.

The schools will be able to use online monitoring for teaching purposes, a data acquisition system that keeps track of solar output and provides education on metrics and environmental benefits.

Dairyland Power this year reached agreements with two developers to buy 15 megawatts of electrical energy from several utility-scale solar facilities in Wisconsin.

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