Wicked Local Acton: “Acton-Boxborough schools harness solar energy” January 11, 2010. ACTON, MASS- Workers were bundled up tight on the rooftop of R.J. Grey Junior High School in the windy, below-freezing weather, carefully sidestepping ice patches as they plated the roof with solar panels.

After five to six weeks of installation, the clean energy solutions company, Nexamp, expects the 506 panels to be up and running before the end of January, site foreman Pat Kincaid said. The company is currently installing a solar array on top of the high school as well, and plans to work on Douglas Elementary School during the summer.

JD Head, the school district’s director of facilities and transportation, said the cost savings will be effective immediately. “When it’s all said and done, the town of Acton will have half a million kilowatt hours [sic – actual is kilowatts] of clean energy,” he said, including the town’s plan to install solar panels on the Forest Road highway shed.Link to Article