Solar Schools Initiative

America’s schools are facing greater expectations today to prepare students for an increasingly changing world, often with dwindling budgets. Solar power is a real world solution that saves the school money while at the same time providing educational tools to build sustainable thought leadership for the future. The #SolarSchoolsInitiative focuses on the economic, environmental, and educational benefits of solar.

Secure Futures’ Solar Schools Initiative focuses on service agreements to offer no-money down solar solutions that save the school system money in year one.

Steps

Solar Service Agreement. Including a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Customer Self-Generation Agreement (Solar CSGA™), solar service agreements are a mechanism for a customer, in this case the school, to utilize solar power with no capital expenditures. Secure Futures finances, installs, maintains, and owns the solar array, selling the electricity to the school. Learn more on our Financial Solutions page.

Cooperative procurement.  The Solar Schools Initiative builds on cooperative procurement language established through the Albemarle Public Schools Request for Proposal (RFP). This will decrease project timelines in working with Secure Futures to develop custom solar solutions. You can view the Request for Proposals here, and the cooperative language located in Section VIII Paragraph Q.

Contact us today, to learn more about our Solar Schools Initiative, and begin using clean energy at your school.

Albemarle students organized and conducted a press conference in support of solar on June 23, 2014 outside Henley Middle School.

Albemarle students organized a press conference in support of solar on June 23, 2014 outside Henley Middle School

In early 2013, a student led organization at Albemarle County Public Schools contacted Secure Futures to learn more about solar as an option for maximizing the school’s economic resources, while reducing their environmental footprint and generating educational opportunities. The student group was coordinating with 350 Central Virginia and the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club to develop a Solar Schools Initiative, with the goal of installing solar throughout their school district.

The initiative was the foundation of an agreement with Secure Futures to install solar on six schools throughout Albemarle County under a Power Purchase Agreement. Learn more about the project on our Case Studies page.

Students, Faculty, Alumni and Community Members at Sutherland Middle School joined for the public announcement that ACPS will be the first public school district to use solar under a PPA

Students, Faculty, Alumni and Community Members at Sutherland Middle School joined for the public announcement that ACPS will be the first public school district to use solar under a PPA

This became the inspiration for our focus on working with schools through our new Solar Schools Initiative – inspired by students, and powered by students. These students understood that working with schools to go solar is not just about delivering an opportunity for energy savings, but also about providing solar educational components, and the access to tools for teachers. The Albemarle students powered solar on their campuses – and in return – are experiencing clean renewable energy.

Baker-Butler Elementary School. P.C. Grant Gotlinger, Got Electric

Albemarle County Public Schools

As the first public school district in Virginia to go solar under a service agreement, the 1,010 kW system will be installed on six schools throughout Albemarle County – generating over 6% of the total annual electricity requirements of the entire school district.

“Power Purchase Agreements are valuable tools for public and non-profit institutions to utilize zero-emitting, solar power…I applaud the leadership of the Albemarle County Public School District and their students and congratulate them on this exciting announcement.”

       – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

 

Lylburn-Downing Middle School

Lexington City Public Schools

Joining Albemarle County Public Schools under the Solar Schools Initiative, the 91.5 kW solar photovoltaic system will be installed on Lylburn Downing Middle School – generating about 25% of the total annual electricity requirements for the school building.

 

“This new initiative by our schools represents the larger strength of our community to commit to our students’ education, their environment, and the preservation of our surrounding history. I am proud of our school district for taking this important step.”
       – Lexington City Mayor Mimi Elrod


Jesse ReistSolar Schools Initiative