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Solar class at DHS expects delays

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Screenshot of class from YouTube installation video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCpasaT0pQQ&feature=youtu.be.

About a year ago at Delta High School the solar class installed solar panels on campus with the intention of being able to be used right away. With about two months of work put into the solar installation, they are still unable to be used.

Mr. Graves, the solar teacher, explains the reason they are not up: "They are not hooked up, so the issue is that because the installation was all done by students, it wasn't done by a company. The inspector has to actually check all of our work and the inspector is in Denver and normally they just come for any school electrical project. Normally the school district hires a company that has a license and they have all the certifications, and so when they do the work, inspectors are like 'Oh they are licensed. It's good,' but students did it so they have to be checked by an inspector to be sure everything is okay. We have no idea when the inspectors are going to come."

The solar panels by the end of the phase three, done in March, will save the school money on the electric bill by powering the science building and even some of the main building.

Jocy Trevizo, a student who was in the solar class, explained her opinion on them not working: "It's disappointing to find out that we can't use the solar panels because we really put in our best effort and we tried really hard to get it done as soon as possible so it can be used. There were days where we had to be outside freezing, but that didn't stop us from getting our job done!"

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