Crucifixion School going green with solar panels

An elementary school in La Crescent is going green.

Crucifixion Catholic School started installing more than 150 solar panels on their gym roof Thursday morning.

The panels are coming at no cost to the school thanks to a grant from the Made in Minnesota program. They’ll generate 40 kilowatts of eletricity once they’re up and running, covering about 80% of the school’s electricity.

Principal Doug Harpenau says the panels are just one part of the school’s plan to become more energy efficient.

“We’re looking at the window solar panels, lighting situations inside the school, even teaching the kids because there’s things you can do that can save a lot of money that don’t involve any type of equipment, like turning off the lights when you leave a room,” said Harpenau.

All of the roof panels should be installed by the end of the week and generating power by sometime in December.