An Athens County school hopes to generate 80 percent of its electricity through a new solar plant.
The solar array is being developed for Federal Hocking High School in Stewart over the next 18 months. Geoff Greenfield is the founder of Third Sun Solar, which is building the array. He says the project will save the district 2 million dollars in energy costs over 30 years. The project was announced by UpGrade Ohio, which promotes renewable energy. Federal Hocking's array is the first built through UpGrade Ohio's initiative to make solar power more accessible to Ohio communities. The U.S. Department of Energy has named UpGrade Ohio's Solar ACCESS program one of 35 funded projects in the agency's community solar challenge.