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A coal mining museum in Kentucky is switching to solar energy, hoping to save money on energy costs.

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, houses four floors of coal mining equipment, memorabilia, and displays. A two-ton block of coal sits at the front door, and the museum also houses an actual underground mine guests can walk through.

“We believe that this project will help save at least 8 to 10 thousand dollars off the energy costs on this building alone, so it’s a very worthy effort,” KCTC Communications Director Brandon Robinson told WYMT.

An outside foundation funded the switch, which cost thousands of dollars, but may end up pumping energy back into the power grid if estimates are correct.

“Of course, in the current economic times we’re in, any way to save money is always appreciated and helpful — especially when that’s money putting back toward teaching our students,” Robinson added.

“It’s a little ironic,” he continued to WYMT. “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And of course, coal is still king around here.”

Twitter had fun commenting on the irony of a museum dedicated to coal mining converting to solar energy.

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Friday, 07 April 2017 03:54 PM
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