EcoTrack 11: It's not easy being green, but BG is committed

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TOLEDO (WTOL) -  Going green is, well, the way to go today, isn't it? And one northwest Ohio town whose name is green, too, is absolutely committed to going all the way.

Indeed, solar power is popping up all over Bowling Green. Even elementary students are learning all about it.

When sixth-grader Rachel Clark arrived at Kenwood Elementary School last year, she was excited to see solar panels hard at work.

"I thought it was pretty cool. I'd actually never heard of an elementary school having solar panels so I thought it was kind of neat," Rachel said.

The solar panels aren't just creating power, they're also teaching kids about alternative energy. One thing students learn is that how solar panels perform depends largely on the sun's angle.

"Whether the sun is on the east or west and how much more sun it will get, which will effect how much power it gets," sixth-grader Nathan Maynard explained.

The panels, put up seven years ago, are by now a main fixture at the school.

"It's kind of interesting because they've become so accustomed to their presence so that everyone takes it for granted this is normal," said Principal Gary Keller.

A bigger set of panels is at BGSU's ice arena. Smaller ones help to power several crosswalks around the university.