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SRP Updates Donated Solar Systems for Schools
SRP Solar for Schools Program Has Helped Schools Save $230,000 Since 2009
Just in time for summer school, Salt River Project recently completed the installation of new inverters and updated equipment for rooftop photovoltaic systems donated to 15 Valley schools through the SRP Solar for Schools program started nearly a decade ago. In 2009, SRP provided these schools with systems to help offset their energy usage and save money on their utility bills.
Engineers will be installing equipment to help school officials and students continue to track the solar energy output by the systems and its associated savings.
The 12-kilowatt roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems have saved the schools more than 2.3 million kilowatt hours of energy usage since 2009 at a savings of an estimated $230,000. SRP will also provide each of the selected schools with updated materials and training to educate students about solar energy.
“These systems have not only offset their energy usage while providing valuable savings, but they have also provided an educational tool to their students,” said Duane Pearson, SRP Manager of Customer Program Innovation. “SRP’s goal in educating students about renewable energy is to teach the next generation of energy users about the clean, renewable sources that provide electricity today and in the future.”
Combined, the systems will produce approximately 400,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. The solar energy production will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 160 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to driving round trip from Phoenix to New York City 81 times.
School facilities are often used throughout the year and many students are learning within those walls during the hot summer months.
“The collaborative relationship our District has with SRP has been a true benefit to our learning community, not just in the advantages that come from efficiency, but in the positive impact on our educational programs,” said Littleton Elementary School District Superintendent Roger Freeman.
The following schools are in the first phase of the SRP Solar for Schools program installed in 2009:
Pendergast Elementary School in the Pendergast Elementary District; Tres Rios Service Academy and Estrella Vista Stem Academy in the Littleton Elementary District, Combs High School in the J.O. Combs Unified School District, Alhambra Family Resource Center in the Alhambra Elementary School District, Desert Meadows Elementary School, Trailside Point Elementary, Cheatham Elementary School and Vista Del Sur Accelerated Academy in the Laveen Elementary District, Desert Vista High School in the Tempe Union High School District, Osborn Middle School in the Osborn Elementary District, Ira A. Murphy Elementary and Sundance Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District. In addition, St. Johns Middle School and Round Valley Middle School in northern Arizona were chosen.