La Joya Independent School District (ISD) and Performance Services held a groundbreaking ceremony for an infrastructure improvement project on Wednesday.
According to a release, the improvements will save the district $41 million in energy and operating costs over 20 years.
The project will update 80 percent of the district’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It will also repair roof and skylights at the La Joya High School.
“We’re very few in the state to have solar panels help aid the energy in our district so that’s going to bring a lot of energy-saving money to go into our students and our districts and curriculum,” said Blanca Cantur with the La Joya ISD.
Part of the project will also be to replace two football fields with artificial turf.
Two pole-mounted solar arrays will generate 1.8 megawatts of renewable energy, said the release.
The release states this is the largest solar-energy generating school project to date in South Texas.