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Students at Evanston’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School will have the opportunity to study the generation of electrical energy from the sun, thanks to a grant proposal that was approved Monday night by the District 65 School Board.

A grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will reimburse the district some $7,000 for the installation of solar panels, which is expected to cost about $8,000 to complete, with the remaining out-of-pocket costs coming from the King Arts PTA.

Superintendent Paul Goren said that the project will not only provide electricity for the school, but will also enable science students to get an up-close look at the process of sun-generated electrical energy.

The project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Windfree Solar, the vendor that will be installing the panels, estimates that the utility savings to the district will be about $127 annually.

Technically, the grant is for the installation of a 1 kW Photovoltaic System at the school. The district is obligated, under terms of the grant, not only to teach about solar energy in the classroom, but also to hold what it calls a “Solarbration” to make students, staff, and community members aware of the presence and operation of the system.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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