Cranston High School West

Cranston High School West

February 03, 2017

Cranston High School West is one of two public high schools that serve the students of the city of Cranston, Rhode Island. The City of Cranston and Cranston Public Schools partnered with Newport Renewables to obtain two key grants for the construction of a 50 kW DC solar array. The 180-panel roof-mounted array was built by Newport Renewables after a new roof was installed. The system was turned online in December 2016, and will continue to generate electricity for the next 25+ years. The solar array is expected to generate 64,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing 5% of the school’s annual electricity consumption.  The system will offset the equivalent of 49.6 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and generate enough clean energy to power 4.7 homes each year.

System Owner:  City of Cranston – Cranston Public Schools
Location:  Cranston, RI
Project Type:  Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
System Size:  51.3 kW DC
System Type:  Rooftop - membrane
Incentives:  RI Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Cash Grant, RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) Solar for Schools Grant
Annual Savings:  $8,500
Lifetime Savings:  $240,000

The system will generate 5% of the annual required electricity on-site for at least the next 25 years

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