The largest privately-owned solar power system in the Kansas is operational at a Wichita-area high school.

Maize High School on Tuesday switched on a system with 720 solar panels that will generate enough energy in one day to power the school for a month.

Physics and chemistry teacher Stan Bergkamp says the 240 kilowatt system is 400 feet long and 75 feet wide. It sits next to the high school.

The Wichita Eagle reports Bergkamp said he promoted the project in response to the threat of climate change.

He estimates once the system is paid for, it will save the school $3,200 a month and reduce annual carbon emissions by 240 tons.

ICM Inc. bought the $400,000 system and will lease it to Maize High School for six years.

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