A solar project was approved by the Bedford County School Board at its Aug. 11 meeting.

This project was previously discussed at the April 7 school board meeting about the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The board had given approval to proposals for solar energy at Goodview and Montvale Elementary Schools.

The schools had issued a request for proposals after that meeting, and they received six plans by the deadline, which was June 30.

Each proposal gave information about entering a Power Purchasing Agreement with a firm for an identified period for the firm to build, maintain and remove the solar infrastructure.

Bedford County Public Schools also agreed to purchase electricity from said firm at a rate lower than Appalachian Power.

On July 20, Secure Futures Solar was selected as the preferred firm. The school board’s approval Aug. 11 allowed a contract with Secure Futures Solar to begin.

This will allow time to finalize the agreement before the 60-day timeline outlined in the request for proposals.

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