Columbia elementary gets grant for solar panels

A Columbia elementary has received a $5,000 grant to add solar panels to its roof in an effort to lessen its carbon footprint.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the UPS Foundation awarded the money to Benton Elementary. The school is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Benton principal Troy Hogg says that the plan is to have the solar panels up by mid-November, pending approval from the city. That timing would allow the panels to be generating electricity while students are on Thanksgiving break.

Contractor Dogwood Solar will place a non-functioning, hands-on display of a solar panel near the school's playground for students to look at and learn about.