There is no better way to teach our children than leading by example. That’s why I get so excited every time I hear about schools going solar! Of course, during this recessive economy, cash strapped schools can hardly afford textbooks, let alone expensive photovoltaic panels. Thankfully, the solar industry has come to the rescue.
Many people are surprised to learn that Redding, California is actually the second sunniest city in the United States. Redding ranks above sunny spots such as Las Vegas and Phoenix with an annual 88% average possible sunshine. Local schools are taking advantage of this solar potential. Redding.com reports:
The school is estimated to save $600,000 in energy costs over 20 years.
Grant Elementary School is not the first school to benefit from Solar Power Partners: “Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP) develops, owns, and operates distributed solar energy facilities and sells solar-generated electricity through solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).” From Connecticut to California, SPP has been bringing clean energy to schools across the country.
Grant’s PPA works by allowing the school to pay “only for the power produced by the system at a pre-determined rate over the life of the contract” without having to put up any upfront costs for the equipment.
I’d really like to explore similar options for my children’s school.