Installation of new solar panels at a North Shore Community College building will likely be complete in about a year, a statement from the school said.

The school and the state Division of Asset Capital Management are currently installing more than 350 of the panels on the Frederick E. Berry building on the Danvers campus, which is host to several offices, a cafeteria, and the school’s library, among other resources.

According to projections from school officials, the panels should save about $10,000 in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by 55 tons each year, a NSCC statement said.

The project is federally funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and a federal loan program for renewable energy projects. In all, the project’s cost is $333,469, a statement from the school said.

“We’re impacting the 15,000 people who take classes here annually to think green so they can reduce their carbon footprint in their lives and communities,” NSCC president Wayne M. Burton said in a written statement.

source: boston