Solar panels installed on 2 Groton schools –

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two Groton schools hope to be a little more green.

Solar panels recently installed on the roof of Groton Middle School and Mystic River Magnet School are expected to save Groton Public Schools $40,000 a year, according to the Connecticut Green Bank.

Groton Middle School has 560 panels, and Mystic River Magnet School has 256.

“Groton Middle School and Mystic River Magnet School were designed and built with infrastructure in place to support a plan to install Solar PV systems in the future,” Rick Norris, the project manager for the district, said in a written announcement. “Working with the Green Bank over the last four years through their Solar Municipal Assistance Program and their partners, CSW Energy and Verogy, the district was able to execute that plan.”

Plans are in the works to add solar panels to other schools.

“We’ll continue to explore future opportunities for renewable and green energy,” Superintendent Susan Austin said in a written announcement.

The Connecticut Green Bank providing financing for the project so that the school did not have upfront installation or maintenance costs.

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