While three Illinois school districts have formed the School Wind Consortium to provide power and generate income, one California elementary school joins a growing number of others debuting all-solar systems to open the new school year.
Grant Elementary School in Redding has installed a 202.50kW solar energy system, which was built and financed at no capital cost to the district through a partnership with Solar Power Partners of Mill Valley, California.
Signing a purchase agreement, the school pays only for the power produced by the system at a pre-determined rate over 20 years, which will reportedly save an estimated total of $600,000 over the life of the agreement. (Photo: Solar rooftop from Solar Power Partners for Ventura County)
Meanwhile, A plan by three struggling suburban school districts to create a revenue-generating wind farm has picked up some velocity this summer, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The three Chicago-area districts say their planned wind farm will generate all the energy they need — plus, enough extra to make $3 million a year selling the surplus.
The school boards of Keeneyville 20, Carpentersville’s Community Unit 300, and Prospect Heights 23 — plan to build the 13-turbine wind farm 140 miles southwest of Chicago, after issuing bonds, seeking investors and applying for federal grants to raise $50 million.