|Published: 11:29 PM, 10/12/2012
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Members of the Cocke County Board of Education
voted unanimously on a motion by Dr. Ken Johnson on Thursday to allow John Kemp
to "move forward" with plans for a solar energy project designed to
supplement to system's power supply.
In his presentation to the board, Kemp, representing
Earth-Right Energy, pointed out Cocke County's school power bills top one
million dollars per year.
Kemp also said the solar project would put systems in
areas not in use, such as rooftops. "We need 5,000 square feet," Kemp
explained, "for covered structures."
Because Cocke County's schools are in rural settings,
they have the needed ground space for such systems, he added.
"We will build the system," said Kemp, "at
zero cost to the school system. We pay you for every site. We have identified
15 possible locations for the solar systems."
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