Hollister School District expects big savings on future electric bills after installing solar panels at the elementary school.  According to Superintendent Dr. Brian Wilson, the 100 kilo-watt project has been in planning for the past four years. 

The project cost was $200,000, but the power company offered a $50,000 rebate bringing the school’s portion of the project to $150,000.  Expected savings of $20,000 in anual electric bills means the installation will be paid for in eight years.  After that, Dr, Wilson says the school will have an extra $20,000 a year to put into the classrooms.