Solar program helps save teaching jobs

May 20, 2011 8:38:39 PM PDT
School officials in San Jose are celebrating the start of an innovative program that is expected to save dozens of teaching positions this year.

On Friday they kicked-off the largest solar energy program of any school district in the nation -- photovoltaic cells were installed at 13 sites in the East Side Union High School District, which will save $43 million and 30 teaching jobs.

"With this project, I am proud to say, the district has created a way to maintain more teachers, possibly restore positions in the future, while helping preserve the environment," said Marisa Hanson, president of the East Side Teachers Association.

The solar panels were installed by Chevron and will save the equivalent of more than 800 football fields of pine forests.

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