Thursday, March 23, 2006

Big Green Solar Schools in Marin County

(from Sun Power Geothermal website--school roof-top pv system)

Hey solarDwellers:

Touted as the "only California school district to go 100% solar", the Kentfield Unified School District (which is all of two schools and 1,000 total students, but, hey, 100% solar is 100% solar!) has the right idea: purchase their next 20-35 years' demand for electricity up-front with the clean, solar pv. You can read the press release here, and, even cooler, take a real-time look at their pv solar electricity production here!

Together, two solar pv systems on the two school campuses come to a quite sizable 400kW DC, or enough for about 160 households. The pv systems also eliminate the $38,000 district annual electricity bill, and were financed (smartly) with school construction bonds. It's good for the community in at least ways: less pollution with the green energy production; more "clean tech" hands-on education for the students, and less tax money going to the electricity cost of the school buildings over the next decades. It lowers their long term electricity cost because by meeting their own electricity needs from day one, they won't have to pay annually increasing utility bills.

The Green Line (Environmental benefit from Sun Power website)
The 183 kW DC solar PV system at Bacich School prevents 180 tons
of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere annually
by a natural gas power plant. It takes 15 acres of trees to filter this
much CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

Now, that's a good combination: taking care of tax-payer dollars by making their electricity cost a fixed cost instead of going up every year, and taking care of everybody's air.

--the solarDweller
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