REC Solar brings 3.5 MW of solar energy to twelve Arizona public schools
Friday, Mar 15, 2013
REC Solar, a leader in solar system design and installation, today announced the completion of solar installations totaling 3.5MW on twelve Arizona public schools. The systems, which were developed and installed by REC Solar, will provide enough power to reduce the schools’ electricity bills by up to 20 percent while also offering educational opportunities for K-12 students.
“Solar is a cost-effective upgrade for schools nationwide”
REC Solar worked with the twelve Arizona public schools to install solar energy with no upfront costs. The arrays will allow the schools to lock in lower electricity rates for the lifetime of the systems, expected at more than 20 years. Each of the twelve schools will have educational kiosks that display data such as sun tracking, kilowatt-hours saved and information about how much money the school is saving on its electric bill. Teachers can access the data and create lessons plans around how electricity is produced and used.
“Solar is a cost-effective upgrade for schools nationwide,” said Cary Hayes, director of business development for REC Solar. “Solar electricity saves schools money on their electric bills, reduces budget pressures, and allows funds to be invested where schools need it most – classrooms and kids. We look forward to utilizing our industry expertise to bring solar to more educational facilities, from elementary schools to universities, in Arizona and beyond.”
Educational facilities are a rapidly growing market for REC Solar. These recent systems follow a successful project at Cromer Elementary School in Flagstaff, Ariz., where a 450-kilowatt system was completed by REC Solar in May of 2012. Cromer Elementary School held a teacher-training workshop in partnership with REC Solar that provided training to the school’s staff on incorporating solar into their curriculum.
Source: Business Wire