RGS Energy, the commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar Inc., and Smart Energy Capital (SEC) are developing a 1.1 MW solar installation for Church Farm School in Exton, Pa.
The $3.2 million project was paid for in part by a grant of $1.19 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The remaining balance of the system is being financed with a power purchase agreement (PPA) through SEC. RGS Energy will maintain and monitor the arrays.
The photovoltaic system will consist of more than 3,500 solar panels and is expected to produce nearly 1.5 million kWh of electricity per year. The power generated from the ground-mounted system, installed on five acres of school land, will supply approximately 75% of the school's electrical needs.
RGS Energy has designed and installed over 50 MW of solar power at schools, universities and colleges across the nation, the company says.