SARTELL - The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is expected to move forward tonight (Monday) with an energy-saving plan using solar power.

Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert says Sunrise Energy Ventures is planning on building a solar farm on the old golf course down in Monticello, which is where the power would be generated. He says this is a more ideal option for the district, rather than have the solar equipment installed somewhere on school property.

The district has a goal of saving about $46,000 a year - or about five-percent of their energy costs. He says there isn't expected to be any expenses to the district to hook-up to the alternative energy source.

If the school board signs the letter of intent with the company during tonight's meeting, they could be hooked-up to the solar power grid by the end of the year. The initial term of the contract is 15 years.