The newly installed solar panels on the grounds of Prairieview School in Hainesville are set to be connected to the school and the power grid Saturday morning, signaling the start of the solar era for Grayslake Elementary District 46.
John Herrin, the district’s chief school business official, said at around 6 a.m. Saturday the power at Prairieview will be turned off and electricians will hook the wires together.
“We’ll fire it back up and see what we’ve got,” Herrin said during a school board meeting Wednesday. “It’s kind of an exciting moment.”
He said ComEd will be on hand to make sure the company’s meters can track how much energy the solar panels generate.
If all goes well, the panels will transmit energy collected from sunlight to the power grid, which Herrin said will result in lower electricity bills. The panels won’t provide enough energy to power the schools on their own.
“We’ll never be putting more back into ComEd’s grid than we’d be using at any given point,” Herrin said.
The panels at Prairieview are part of a $7.3 million project that will see solar power implemented at four schools. So far the panels have been installed on the grounds of Prairie View as well as at Fredrick School in Grayslake.