Kansas tech school installs solar panels

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) – A technical college in eastern Kansas is taking another step toward energy self-sufficiency with the installation of solar panels.

The Emporia Gazette reports  the panels are being put in place this week at Flint Hills Technical College.

The school’s Emporia campus also has a half-dozen geothermal wells, each 200 feet deep, and a turbine to generate wind energy.

Flint Hills moved a few years ago into a new building designed by architecture students from Kansas State University to be energy-efficient. The technical college is enrolled in Westar Energy’s solar program, which helped fund the solar panels.

College officials say that along with saving money on utilities, the school expects to generate enough energy to return some of it to Westar’s grid.

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