The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school in Lawrenceville, N.J., has completed a 6.1 MW PV array on 30 acres of school-owned farm land. It will generate enough electricity to offset 90% of the high school's annual power needs.
The system features 24,934 SolarWorld solar panels, manufactured at the company's U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore., and mounted on single-axis trackers. The array is designed to produce approximately 9.26 GWh of solar electricity each year, according to SolarWorld.
The project was developed by Turtle Energy of Linden, N.J., (formerly a subsidiary of Turtle and Hughes Inc.). It was purchased in 2011 by KDC Solar of Bedminster, N.J., which completed the development and constructed the project. KDC Solar leased the land for the project from the school and owns and maintains all of the solar equipment.
Through a power purchase agreement, the Lawrenceville School will buy electricity produced by the array over the next two decades.