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Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 4, 2020

New Jersey school district installs 1,470 kW of rooftop solar

The Elizabeth Public School Board of Education in Elizabeth, N.J., will be receiving two new rooftop solar projects totaling approximately 1,470 kW in a system that is expected to produce 1,800,000 kWh in the first year.

Elizabeth High School will host a 1,157 rooftop system and William F. Halloran School will host the remaining 313 kW system.

"The anticipated energy savings created by the installed solar panels will allow us to reallocate funds typically earmarked for energy costs to other important areas of need, including classroom instruction and maintenance of facilities,” Board of Education President Stephanie G. Pestana said in a statement. “This project is a win-win for the students and families of our schools as well as for Elizabeth residents whose contributions to our schools are highly valued and appreciated."

The Elizabeth School System has previously committed to reducing its carbon footprint alongside the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program initaitves.

New Energy Equity acquired the project from New York developer HESP Solar and will continue construction and own and operate the systems for the next 15 years.

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