Maynard said solar has a lot of potential for saving money and electricity, noting the many projects the city has already developed that few residents are aware of.
The city first installed solar panels to the roof of Kenwood Elementary School, located on Kenwood Avenue, in 2000.
Kenwood Principal Gary Keller called the installation "more of a demonstration project" since the project was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Department of Development Office of Energy Efficiency, revenue from the Bowling GREEN Power program and in-kind contributions in the form of teacher training as part of the Energy Smart School Program.
Keller said when he was approached with the solar idea he was quickly onboard because of the educational value.
"We're going to have to find different sources of energy … [panels] bring it home to students in their own backyard," he said.
Though the panels don't provide anywhere near the amount of electricity Kenwood needs to operate, Keller said educational and environmental uses are two great benefits.