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ROCKFORD | A North Iowa school district has plans to cut utility costs with solar panels. 

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock School Board members discussed the project earlier this month, which is estimated to cost between $1 million to $1.5 million.

Installed on the southeast side of the school, the panels would provide electricity savings of $75,000 to $100,000 annually, according to business manager Mike Kalvig.

Districts pay utility bills from their general funds, which primarily cover teacher salaries.

Kalvig said the project would be financed by local option sales tax or physical plant and equipment levy revenues, which are mostly restricted to funding school infrastructure updates.

The completion date depends on the bidding process and contractor availability. 

— Ashley Miller

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