Solar field on the way for schools

Groundwork has begun on the site where nearly 24,000 solar panels will be placed for a 5.57-megawatt project that will supply energy to the local school district. Mounds and gravel at a 35-acre sandpit, off Brook Street at the entrance to Plympton Sand and Gravel, were recently leveled. The solar field, which will save the district an estimated $500,000 in energy bills a year, will be developed by Borrego Solar Systems Inc. The foundations and racking systems for the solar panels will be in place by the end of March, and schools will begin getting electricity from the field by mid-July, according to the company.