McIntosh senior pushes for solar panels to power school

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McIntosh High School senior Ted Lord will make a solar presentation before the Fayette County Board of Education on May 20. The aim is to eventually transform the school to sustainable solar energy. Photo/Submitted.
McIntosh High School senior Ted Lord will make a solar presentation before the Fayette County Board of Education on May 20. The aim is to eventually transform the school to sustainable solar energy. Photo/Submitted.

McIntosh High School senior Ted Lord and a few friends have been busy, recently putting together a proposal that would lead to solar panels being installed on McIntosh High. Lord will take the idea to the Fayette County Board of Education at the May 20 meeting.

The presentation will come during the public comments portion of the meeting. Those attending should expect a concise presentation, since the public comment period allows for three minutes per speaker.

“In the past month, I have created a plan to coat McIntosh’s roofs in solar panels to power as much of the building as we can,” Lord said of the project that could begin small and grow incrementally over time. “By doing this, we will be powering our future students who will soon lead a cleaner and smarter world.”

Lord said the idea is to do the project work in phases, noting that, for a number of reasons, it would be unreasonable to do the work in only one year.

“It is hard to overlook the importance of first baby steps,” Lord said. “When McIntosh Solar is executed, I want it to be a demonstration for other schools. Basically, the plan is for the steps to get bigger and bigger, and to be demonstrations for the steps that follow after them.”

Lord was quick to point out that a return on investment is not something that will come overnight.

Rather than giving away all the details, perhaps the readers would like to attend the meeting to hear the details from Lord and his colleagues in person.

The May 20 school board meeting will be held in Building A at the Lafayette Education Center at 7 p.m. LEC is located at 205 Lafayette Avenue in Fayetteville.

Ted Lord demonstrates small solar cell. Photo/Submitted.
Ted Lord demonstrates small solar cell. Photo/Submitted.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Before someone considers this make sure you consult with the property insurance company. A lot of insurance companies do not allow for solar panels and if they do they surcharge for them. That extra cost needs to be factored and considered. Nobody ever factors this extra cost.