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The Fighting Irish of Dublin High School are going green - with a 4,000-panel solar power project that broke ground a few months ago.

Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter says the $7.5 million project is 90 percent finished, and it should be complete within the week.

"We're doing a 1.08-megawatt solar power project that will actually be able to provide, during the daytime, all the power for Dublin High School," Ledbetter said.

According to Ledbetter, the project is expected to save the school about $14-30 million over the next 40 years.

He says the school pays about $400,000 per year in electricity costs, but that cost will be reduced by at least 40 percent through solar panels.

Dublin residents have mixed opinions about the project. Some say it's an eyesore.

"I don't think they should've put them there," Brooke Duvall said. "I don't think they look good, especially right there by the road."

However, Ledbetter says the panels have to be facing southwest, which means putting all of the panels on the roof, while still maintaining maximum efficiency, was not an option.

Others say there's a lot more than meets the eye.

"It can't be all about the cosmetics," Amber Carter said. "You have to think about what it's doing for the environment and how much money it's going to save."

Ledbetter says the idea for the solar-powered school began two years ago.

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