Maize HS flips switch on solar panel system

MAIZE, Kan. Maize High School flips the switch on its privately-owned solar-panel system.

The school says the solar panels could save about $30,000 per year in electricity. When the district announced the project in February, Maize High School physics and chemistry teacher Stan Bergkamp said he wants to leave the earth better than how he found it and to leave a legacy in which his students can be excited.

Bergkamp did his part by helping to raise money to install the solar panels on the school. He's said the solar panels can power a large portion of the school and will be the equivalent of taking Maize High School off the grid for about 40 years.

"On a good day, that will produce all the electricity that the Maize Career Academy needs to feed that part of the school," he says.

Donations from Maize students, alumni and local businesses funded the project.