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Johnson City CSD proposes plan to start making the switch to solar energy

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The Johnson City Central School District says the new solar array would go on a plot of land at the corner of Reynolds Road and Deyo Hill Road.

The estimated cost of the project is $5,680,000. Along with solar panels, the district plans to add a walking path and a connecting road for the district's bus garage. The school also plans to use the solar array as an educational tool for those walking around the area.

However, a project similar to this was proposed last year, and was narrowly voted down by taxpayers. This time around, school officials say the project has greatly improved.

"This is such a better project this year than it was last year in terms of generating savings and in terms of costs. A lot of the costs have come down and a lot of the savings have gone up," said Johnson City CSD Assistant Superintendent for Administration Eric Race.

Savings from the project could add up to more than $4,000,000 for the district. School officials plan to share more about the project at an upcoming public information night on April 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

Katie Jones

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