Eighth grade students tour local solar farm

Kylie Smith

The eighth grade technology class recently visited the Beloit Solar Farm. They’re learning about solar energy in class and Mrs. Christie Fouts thought it would be a good opportunity to see it first-hand. The students were impressed with how easily the solar panels rotated every eight minutes.

The Beloit Solar Farm has 5,824 445W solar molecules on more than 14 acres of land. It is able to produce 4,893 megawatt hours annually. This should cover about 10% of the energy consumption for our city, depending on weather conditions.


The students asked Beloit City Manager Jason Rabe several questions and if there wasn’t a time limit, the question session would have gone longer. Students enjoyed being able to see how energy is transported. They also were excited to know that solar panels are known for surviving natural disasters.