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Students, teachers, and school administrators gathered to dedicate a new, so-called “net zero” classroom on the campus of Clinton High School on Tuesday.
The 1,150-square-foot building is powered by solar panels and is independent of the electric grid. The classroom, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, was funded by the school system as well as grants from Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as other sponsors.
It will be used as a hands-on classroom laboratory to support the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum, and the inside features simulators that show how different types of alternative energy are produced, including solar, wind, and geothermal energies.
There are also 26 iPads to enhance the classroom experience.
The building was constructed with a variety of energy-saving features and is designed to produce at least as much energy as it uses. Plans call for a windmill to be erected on the site to generate even more electricity in the future.
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