District Holds Solar Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
With the flip of a switch, the District will save $32 million over the next 25 years. On November 1 a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at NSHS to commemorate the completion of key upgrades at 14 sites. In collaboration with ENGIE Services, a sustainable energy company, solar energy and LED lighting was added to reduce its carbon footprint and help expose students to the possibilities of the renewable energy industry.
The partnership goes beyond the remarkable fiscal benefits to the District. ENGIE provides the opportunity for students to participate in hands-on-project-based learning activities, job shadowing and career. discussions. It also provides STEM career examples through its employees and outreach opportunities.
“This partnership is already positively impacting our student body and our environmental profile,” said Superintendent Dan Burns. “Our mission is to ensure that all students are prepared for success in the world around them and this is predicated on providing the best in-class learning opportunities for all students.”
The construction side of the project included 143 new LED fixtures for canopies in parking lots. The AHS stadium lighting also got upgraded to energy efficient LEDs. The solar panels will offset 826 metric tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of removing 177 cars from the road.