Quest Montessori School

Quest Montessori School

February 03, 2017

Quest Montessori school serves 125 children ranging from toddler to grade 8. Quest Montessori partnered with Newport Renewables to obtain two grants for a 50 kW solar photovoltaic array, and design, build and maintain the system. The solar PV array at Quest Montessori School offsets all of the school’s annual electrical consumption, and is used as a tool in the classroom to teach the students about renewable energy. The 178-panel array was completed and turned online in September 2015. The solar array is expected to generate 64,400 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing 104% of the school’s annual electricity consumption.  The system will offset the equivalent of 49.9 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and generate enough clean energy to power 4.8 homes each year.

System Owner:  Quest Montessori School
Location:  Narragansett, RI
Project Type:  Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
System Size:  49.8 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:  $13,100
Lifetime Savings:  $350,000

By generating its electricity on-site, Quest Montessori School has decreased its impact on the environment.

The system was carefully installed on a new roof in accordance with strict warranty requirements.

The system was tied into the electrical system on a weekend to eliminate any disruption to the school’s operations.

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