Solar panels installed at Jackson, MO school

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Students and teachers at St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson, Missouri met outside to flip the switch to bring solar energy to their school.

The big switch took place on Wednesday, March 29.

All the students lined West Adams Street to hear the announcement from their church pastor who was perched on top of the school roof.

The students helped bless the solar panels before they made the green energy panels live. 

99 solar panels were donated to the school from Stewart Humphrey of Cape Girardeau. 

"We thought it was a wonderful opportunity," Humphrey said. "It's interesting that the sun gives us power but ultimately, especially at a Christian school, we as a faith community understand that ultimate all things that are sustaining for our life and the well being come from above. So there's a lot of symbolism in it as well."

Everyone cheered as the switch was flipped to start generating power and saving money. 

"There was a lot of planning to be done to make sure it was right for the building and to make sure the electrical connections were proper," said church member Brian Sievers.

The project took two years to complete from start to finish. A day many said they were very excited to see come together. 

"It will supply additional electricity that we don't have to buy from another source," said church member Loren Winterhof. "This will provide lights in the center for the children to study with."

"It's kind of a new thing for Jackson," Sievers added. "Jackson Utility, I think this is only the third installation in town presently so maybe it will spawn some more growth in the community here."

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