Retired teachers help install solar panels at high school to help save money, educate students on solar energy

Two retired teachers are putting their own time and money into helping their local high school generate part of its power from newly installed solar panels.

Gary Vittoz and Gerald Adams, both retired teachers in Eaton Rapids Public Schools, spent two years and $20,000 to install a 45-foot stretch of solar panels on the back side of Eaton Rapids High School, according to an article in Monday’s Lansing State Journal.

The solar panels are geared not only toward saving the school district money on its electric bills, but also to help educate students on clean energy technology.

“This is real stuff,” Vittoz told the State Journal. “It’s a practical application of solar energy in use right here at the high school.”

Jennifer Grivins, a chemistry and environmental sciences teacher at the high school, told the State Journal that she’s taken her students out to examine the panels and learn more about solar energy.

“They’ve already started asking a bunch of questions,” Grivins said. “It’s a real opportunity for them to see how renewable energy occurs.”