School City of Mishawaka continues to carefully analyze a proposal to build a pair of $11 million dollar wind turbines.
Monday night, the school board listened to a two hour presentation by turbine contractors. Although the district would save nearly $900,000 a year in energy costs, it would still take 15 years for the buildings to pay for themselves.
It's a big endeavor that brought out lots of questions Monday night, but school leaders say this is the smartest option for the long haul.
“Once we have the initial investment paid off we can utilize this money for educational purposes. And I think that's what taxpayers expect us to do, to be efficient and educate our students as well as possible,” said Randy Squadroni of School City.
“It is essentially offering the school an ability to lock in, to a certain degree of certainty, their energy costs going forward, so that they won't increase,” explained John Wolar of Alternate Energy Solutions.
The board could vote on the turbines as soon as January. If approved, the turbines would be up and running by next fall.