Solar energy proposal tabled for more information to be gathered

CHEBOYGAN — On Monday night, the Cheboygan Area Schools Board of Education voted to table a proposal for solar energy for the school district for more information, until the district has its attorney’s approval.

Last month, a proposal to construct solar panels at several of the Cheboygan Area Schools buildings had been presented by US Global Energy and the matter was placed on the agenda for the school board’s April meeting. However, the contract was not ready to be approved at that meeting, so it needed to be tabled.

“I talked to both Thrun (Law Firm) and US Global today,” said Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent Paul Clark. “They’re not ready to bring the power purchase agreement to you yet because Thrun is not at a point where they’re ready to recommend that we accept the current power purchasing agreement.”

Paul Clark

Clark said the two sides — Thrun Law Firm and US Global Energy — were planning on having a meeting together in the next several weeks to have a discussion. Clark is hopeful there will be a power purchasing agreement that can be brought before the board of education at its May meeting for approval.

“It’s possible that, if things don’t work out, that it might not happen,” said Clark. “We’re trying very hard to make it happen but, obviously, we want Thrun’s stamp of approval that this is right and everything is proceeding how it should.”