Solar panel helps provide power for Queens Creek Elementary

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) A new solar panel was unveiled Monday at Queens Creek Elementary School in Swansboro in Onslow County Monday.

Principal Elaine Justice says, "What we're trying to do is show children, under the age of 12, they can make a difference in their immediate environment."

Because of that, Justice says the school raised funds and found donors and then applied for a grant with NC Green Power -- a nonprofit, providing matching grants to K through 12 schools for the installation of educational solar panels.

Justice says, "Along with it, we get a suite of learning software, a website."

Students will use the solar panel, worth around $40,000, to learn about weather and the energy being created -- which is estimated to be just over 6,000 kilowatt hours each year, to provide power to the cafeteria and students laptops.

The panel is estimated to save the school up to $657.00 each year.

Queens Creek Elementary is the eighth school in North Carolina to install an NC Green Power solar panel since the program began in 2015.