I wrote earlier how Ontario’s policies are creating around 50,000 new jobs by incentivizing alternative energy manufacturers and producers to locate or expand there operations to their province, here. I suggested within that article that

In addition to these two policies, we should advocate that newly constructed government buildings be fitted with alternative energy with “buy-local” preferences for parts and equipment; old government buildings such as schools and jails can be retrofitted accordingly.   We should follow the example of Lee County which has unveiled a roof-mounted, 36- panel, solar-powered system that will supply up to 90 percent of the hot water used at the county jail.

It was announced today that Duke Energy had acquired the 4,400 ground mounted photovoltaic (PV) module solar farm on the grounds of Martins Creek Elementary School in Murphy, N.C.

Solar Array at Martin Creek Elementary School in NC

According to accounts,

The solar farm is believed to be the only one of its kind located on school property in North Carolina and the third largest solar farm on school property in the states. The 10-year power purchase agreement with TVA is set up to allow the school to share in any revenue created by electric generation. They believe the revenue generated will equate to the cost of salary and benefits for two full-time teachers at the school.

There are 1,563 public schools in Alabama. If costs savings were achieved similar to Martins Creek employing each Alabama school’s roof  as a solar panel array platform, Alabama could hire and additional 3126 teachers.

In Toms River, N.J., all of the schools, including the high school, above, have solar panels