Solar panels at Olin Consolidated School District in Olin on Thursday, July 14, 2016.(Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Solar is an affordable and effective way of delivering electricity to schools while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Sacajawea Middle School in Bozeman, Mont., was able to save “28 tons (56,000 lbs.) of CO2 over a 30 Month period,” and they are just a single school.

However, misconceptions and misinformation about solar exist online and by word-of-mouth. We hope to challenge these perceptions by providing additional information and hopefully clearing up preconceived notions about solar energy.

Myth 1: Taxpayers will pay more for solar energy.

When purchasing solar panels, there are three different routes. The most commonly preferred option is direct ownership. With this plan, the customer purchases

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