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Solar panels will provide shade for the playgrounds (Source: Tucson Unified School District) Solar panels will provide shade for the playgrounds (Source: Tucson Unified School District)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Unified School District isholding a public meeting on March 26 to discuss the next phase of its solarproject.

Representatives from TUSD will be on handtomorrow to give an overview of the project, explain the benefits from theproject and share design plans, as well as to answer questions.

There are nine schools and earlylearning centers that are in phase three of the project.  They are: Drachman K-6 Montessori MagnetSchool, Carillo K-5 Magnet, Cavett Elementary, Hollinger K-8, Lee InstructionalResource Center, Mile Exploratory Learning Center, Ochoa Community Magnet,Robison Magnet Elementary and Van Buskirk Elementary.

Ground was recently broken at MarshallElementary, according to a TUSD release. Once the project is complete 40 TUSD schools will be 'solarized'.  This new program will help keep more than19,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the local power plant, along with23.5 tons of nitrous oxides in the first year, according to a release fromTUSD.

The 18 month project will also save TUSD$170,000 in the first year and more than $11 million in energy costs over thenext 20 years.  TUSD officials are sayingthe best part about the solar panels, aside from the savings and theenvironment, is that most of the panels will be placed over playgrounds to helpprovide much needed shade.

The meeting will beMarch 26 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Drachman K-6 Montessori MagnetSchool, 1085 S. 10th Ave.
 
For more information about thedistrict's solar project, please go to www.tusd1.org/solar.

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