Distributed Generation, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - December 13, 2021
Isle of Wight County Schools Offsets Electricity With Solar
The Isle of Wight County Schools will now offset nearly 50% of the total electricity needs of seven of its schools with a combined 3.3 MW solar system.
The combined rooftop arrays are projected to produce an estimated 4,252 MW hours of clean energy each year, offsetting carbon emissions of 7.6 million miles driven by an average car, or 1,000 tons of waste being recycled instead of tossed into a landfill.
Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company, owns and operates the systems and provided engineering, design expertise and construction oversight.
“This project does more than help the environment - it saves the school system money so they can focus on providing a more outstanding educational experience for their students,” said John Finnerty, director of business development, Standard Solar in a statement. “We’re proud to have put our solar project development and funding expertise and our deep knowledge of helping education institutions utilize renewables without utilizing capital budgets to work for Isle of Wight County Schools.”
The arrays, on the rooftops of Carrollton Elementary School, Carrsville Elementary School, GD Tyler Middle School, Smithfield Main, Windsor Elementary School and Windsor High School, make Isle of Wight County Schools among the first in the area to transition to clean, reliable energy and positioning it for continued economic and community growth.
“Incorporating solar energy is cost-effective and helps the environment while reducing energy expenses and funneling savings to resources that directly impact student success,” said division Superintendent, Isle of Wight County Schools, Jim Thornton.
Isle of Wight County Schools will save on their energy costs over the next 20 years through this solar project.