A solar panel project proposed by the Morris Area High School robotics team is closer to reality.

 

Eric Buchanan, a coach for the robotics team, said the panels are expected to arrive on May 13. The robotics team, called the Plaid Pillagers, has a fundraiser for the project coming up on May 10.

 

 

The robotics team develops a project in the science, math, engineering and technology fields, and competes in regional events. It is raising money for the solar panels which will be an energy source for the Morris Area School District. The annual energy savings to the school will be given to the robotics team to help pay for its costs.

 

The team has raised about $20,300 through grants and donations for the 23 4- by-65 inch panels. About $21,000 is needed for the projects.

 

Team member Teresa Boyd said the panels will be installed near the school's tennis courts and new bus garage on the school campus.

 

"It will save the school close to $1,000 a year," Boyd said.

 

Each of the 23 panels will provide 9,600 kilowatt hours of energy per year, Boyd said.

 

The solar panels will provide energy but can also be used by classes at the school, Boyd said. Boyd said the panels can be used to teach students about energy, solar energy and general science.

For an update on the team's season, click this link: https://www.stevenscountytimes.com/news/education/4607932-robotics-team-completes-challenging-season