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Dublin High School Will Be Powered By Solar Energy
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Dublin High School, the home of the Fighting Irish, will soon be known for going green in more ways than one.

The school will be installing solar panels across its campus, which is generate enough power for the whole school, and excess will go back to the grid.

Dublin City Schools purchased the panels on a $3.5 million lease over the next 25 years, and say they expect to save $100,000 the first year, and estimate to save more after that. The move would also allow them to avoid furloughing teachers.

The panels are built by a German-based solar company, MAGE Solar, which has an office in Dublin.  Cal Wray of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority says he hopes the move will attract more international business to the area. "It's really making us an international point for manufacturing looking to come to the United States," he said.

The project is also unique in that is one of only a few solar projects in Georgia, which has been slower to develop solar energy than other part of the country.  The Dublin location upon completion will control 5 percent of the state's solar energy.

MAGE expects the project to be complete sometime in the next two to three months.

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