Austin Energy, an Austin, Texas-headquartered electric utility, has completed the installation of solar systems in 11 schools in the state as part of the Texas Solar for Schools Program.
The Texas Solar for Schools Program, which is sponsored by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, aims to install solar projects at every school in the state. With these new 11 systems, there are now 42 schools that have installed solar arrays. Among the schools is the O. Henry Middle School, Austin, where the ribbon cutting ceremony was held.
The arrays at each of the 11 schools have a 3.4 kW capacity and are mounted on poles that stand 10 feet tall. Each system is capable of producing about 5,450 kWh of electricity annually, Austin Energy says. The company is also working with science teachers to develop a curriculum that will teach students about solar energy.