Local solar project developer, Green Street Power Partners and California-based partner Swinerton Renewable Energy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a 315-kW rooftop solar system at Gann Academy. GSPP also presented Gann Academy with a donation to the school.
Gann Academy is buying the power generated from the solar system at a discounted rate through a PPA from GSPP. The photovoltaic array is expected to generate approximately 394,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, offsetting roughly 25% of Gann’s electricity usage. Additionally, over the 25-year lifetime of the system, Gann will realize over $600,000 in savings.
“Bringing solar power to more schools is a primary goal for our team at GSPP,” said Scott Kerner, CEO and co-founder of GSPP. “Gann Academy has prioritized the importance of renewable energy at their school, and we are very excited to help them achieve their green energy goals.”
Gann Academy’s solar project had uniquely humble beginnings. The idea of bringing solar to the school—what kickstarted the entire project, originated from a group of students interested in the environment.
“Energizing our school with solar power exemplifies Gann’s values,” said Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School. “Our mission statement talks about ethical responsibility, empowering our students, and building a better world. This project is such a beautiful example of this mission in action.”
Gann Academy’s system was constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy.
“Gann Academy joins nearly 5,000 K-12 schools across the U.S. in recognizing that an investment in solar is an investment in their students, staff, and community,” said George Hershman, general manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. “Solar installations save thousands of dollars in electricity bills, freeing up funds for improved facilities, additional teachers, and more extracurricular programs. We’re pleased to partner with Green Street to bring clean power to Gann Academy.”
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