Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, a private school in Nevada, is now home to the state's largest school-based solar array, according to SolarWorld, which supplied the modules.
The 1.11 MW system, located at the school's 39-acre Las Vegas campus, features more than 4,000 solar panels. It was designed and installed by SolarWorld Bombard Renewable Energy, based in Las Vegas.
Faith Lutheran made its initial foray into solar in 2011, with a 100 kW array on the roof of a classroom and administrative building. The project was then expanded to include more than 900 kW of additional modules on the student center, maintenance facility and a 341-space carport structure custom-engineered by Bombard Renewable Energy.
Faith Lutheran administrators expect to offset about half of the school's annual power needs with energy generated by the project and save about $140,000 annually on utility costs.
The project was funded through NV Energy solar rebates and the federal renewable energy investment tax credit. Bombard Renewable Energy will own, operate and maintain the solar array for five years under a power purchase agreement with Faith Lutheran.