SCHOOLS LEARN to save, expand CURRICULA, and attract students with solar
Universities and schools consume large amounts of energy in buildings and on properties that they own or manage. Solar energy reduces monthly operating costs while controlling long-term energy prices. Additionally, a solar electric system can serve as an educational tool for the general public, faculty and students. What better way for students to experience the importance of physics and environmental science than an on-campus solar installation?
REC Solar works closely with key stakeholders involved in educational applications to identify the right site and to select the best technology and financing approach. We address project obstacles early on, manage each step of the design, permitting, and construction process, and help you promote the switch to clean, sustainable energy with your local community and constituents.
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Solar & Education Experience
Danville | California
In 2008, REC Solar was selected to install a solar electric system that would provide clean energy for the Athenian School’s operations. REC Solar formed a partnership with Tioga Energy to provide PPA financing options to the school at a savings from the cost of the local utility, PG&E, while also overcoming the challenges of stabilizing a hillside to safely accommodate the system.
REC Solar designed and installed an 83.25 kW roof-mounted system for the One Stop Center building at the Kauai Community College that produces approximately 125,000 kWh annually. The system includes Mitsubishi 185 watt polycrystalline modules and a Solectria grid-tied inverter.
Fullerton | California
As the CSU Fullerton campus continues to incorporate sustainable energy sources onto their main campus, REC Solar was brought on board by AECOM to procure and install a 1.16 MW roof and carport mounted solar system. The project was constructed within the required summer schedule to accommodate the fall school session and presence of students and faculty.
Redondo Beach | CALIFORNIA
1.4 MW total
In October 2013 REC Solar was given Notice to Proceed to design and install carport-mounted solar photovoltaic systems totaling 1.4 MW at schools within the Redondo Beach School District. The systems are being installed using Yingli 305-watt modules and SMA TriPower string inverters. Construction started in July 2013 and was completed in November 2014.
Lihue, Kauai | Hawaii
REC Solar designed and installed this 292 kW fixed tilt, ground mounted system for Island School, an independent K-12 school near Lihue on the east side of the island of Kauai. This system generates approximately 424,000 kWh of electricity each year.
Poway | California
REC Solar installed solar PV systems at four schools in Poway, CA. The total size of all systems combined is 694 kW with production of over 1,000,000 kWh per year. REC Solar handled all engineering, procurement, and construction for the project, as well as all DSA (Division of State Architect) approval and solar education.
Solar Financing for Schools
Unlike solar firms that present only one financing solution, REC Solar will provide you with multiple options and compare the different cash flows and returns. Our consultants will work with you to determine the right financing strategy for your company.