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Solar panels coming to campus

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Area college students are continuing to help their campus "go green."

Three years ago the UW-Eau Claire student office of sustainability launched a green fund to promote environmental measures on campus.

Students pay around $10 of their tuition each semester to fund projects like the new solar panels they just purchased.

They will be placed on the roof of the campus library.

Up front it will cost $166,000.

But the panels will reduce campus energy spending by about $3,800 a year.

The library was chosen because of its roof. 

"If you look at the angled part of the roof there, that structure that holds that up can actually be used to support solar panels.  It holds them at, not the ideal, but close to an ideal angle to actually intercept the sun to the south," says Student Office of Sustainability Advisor James Boulter.

This is the second project the student green fund has supported, last year it paid to install LED lighting to cut energy costs on campus.

The solar panels should be installed before the end of the year.

They are expected to last longer than their 25-year warranty.

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