REC Solar, a designer and installer of solar energy systems, has completed a total of 3.5 MW of solar installations on 12 Arizona public schools.
The systems will provide enough power to reduce the schools' electricity bills by up to 20%, as well as offer educational opportunities for K-12 students, the company says.
REC Solar worked with the 12 public schools to install solar energy with no up-front costs. Each of the 12 schools will have educational kiosks that display data such as sun tracking, kilowatt-hours saved and how much money the school is saving on its electric bill. Teachers can access the data and create lesson plans around how electricity is produced and used.
The following schools had solar power systems installed:
- Greenway Elementary School in Bisbee (117 kW),
- Lowell Primary School in Bisbee (158 kW),
- Bisbee High School in Bisbee (412 kW),
- Tombstone High School in Tombstone (301 kW),
- Meyer Elementary School in Tempe (133 kW),
- Copper Rim Elementary School in Globe (275 kW),
- High Desert Middle School in Globe (350 kW),
- Evergreen Elementary School in Casa Grande (309 kW),
- Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson (349 kW),
- Glassford Hills Middle School in Prescott Valley (349 kW),
- Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley (349 kW), and
- Granville Elementary School in Prescott Valley (349 kW).
The 12 solar installations are owned and operated by Arizona Public Service as part of the utility's Solar for Schools Program.