St. Michael's Country Day School

St. Michael’s Country Day School

January 13, 2017

St. Michael's Country Day School is a private school serving children from pre-k through grade eight. The solar PV array saves the school money on operating costs and serves as a tool in the classroom, helping to educate the students about renewable energy. A meteorological grade weather station was installed as part of the project, to enable students to learn about the impact of weather on solar production. The 36-panel array was completed during the school year, and turned online in November 2015.The solar array is expected to generate 14,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing 26% of the gymnasium’s annual electricity consumption.The solar array will offset the equivalent of 10.8 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and generate enough clean energy to power 1.1 homes each year.

System Owner:  St. Michael’s Country Day School
Location:  Newport, RI
Project Type:  Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
System Size:  10.26 kW DC
System Type:  Rooftop – standing seam
Incentives:  RI Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Cash Grant, RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) Solar for Schools Grant
Annual Savings:  $2,000
Lifetime Savings:  $50,000

A seaside co-ed private school harnessing the energy of the sun while educating its students.

The solar array utilizes 36 US made solar panels and microinverters to offset campus electricity use.

The system includes a classroom based monitoring interface which provides access to students.

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