Construction is under way for a solar project to install 4,800 ground-mounted panels at three schools in the Hamilton Southeastern Schools district. The solar panels will be built at Sand Creek Elementary, Sand Creek Intermediate and HSE Intermediate and Junior High.
The partnership is between HSE Schools and Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company. The solar arrays will power the schools. Ameresco also provided HSE Schools with two solar wagons and programming to incorporate sustainability education into its curriculum.
HSE Schools announced it will finance the project with bond fees and operational cost savings generated from the solar arrays. The project has already generated funds for construction of a playground at the Riverside Intermediate School and is projected to generate additional funds to build two more in the district.
“Our partnership with Ameresco has already allowed us to invest in projects that directly benefit our students and create a more sustainable learning environment at our schools,” HSE Supt. Allen Bourff stated. “The curriculum Ameresco provided will help our teachers educate their students about the latest innovations in renewable energy technology and the importance of sustainability for the future of our environment.”
The solar panels at Sand Creek elementary and intermediate schools have a projected annual output of 1,492,919 kWh. The panels at HSE Intermediate and Junior High have a projected annual output of 892,681 kWh. Combined, the arrays will generate enough energy to power 294 homes for a year.
“By taking steps to integrate solar power into its energy portfolio, Hamilton Southeastern Schools will provide more comfortable, cost-efficient learning environments for its students and teaching staff,” stated Lou Maltezos, executive vice president of Ameresco. “We are thrilled to be their partner in this endeavor and help them complete this project in a budget-neutral way.”