The country's largest electric company said Tuesday it will spend $300,000 to install the solar panels, provide monitoring equipment, and give training and curriculum to students and teachers. The panels also generate a fraction of the electricity the school uses.
The solar-panels offer is available to any school served by Duke Energy that applies by Dec. 2.
The spending is part of a settlement Duke Energy made last year with the Obama administration ending a 15-year-old lawsuit over claims that the utility violated federal clean air laws.
Charlotte-based Duke Energy operates about three dozen solar-power farms in North Carolina, the country's No. 2 state for solar energy.