The Kenwood Press
News: 07/01/2016

Solar to be installed at Kenwood School

Kenwood School District is going solar in the summer of 2016. The Kenwood Solar Array project, slated to begin in mid-July, will bring both savings and learning opportunities to Kenwood School. The Board of Trustees has approved entering into a contract with Westcoast Solar Energy Inc. to complete the ground mounted solar array. The solar structure will be located at the southwest corner of the campus, behind the soccer field, and will have minimal impact on field access for students. There will also be permanent fencing installed to protect students and the six-foot-high array.

Funding for the project will be a combination of state funding from the Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act and Kenwood School District funds. There is a performance guarantee from Westcoast Solar Energy to provide a minimum of 90 percent of energy services over the next 10 years. This will result in savings of over $20,000 per year for the Kenwood School District.

In addition to the fiscal and environmental savings, the solar array will bring learning opportunities for Kenwood School students. The array will have a monitoring system included, with panels that will allow students to track production and usage on a daily and hourly basis. The monitor will enable staff to incorporate the data from monitoring into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) curriculum.

For more information on the Kenwood School District Solar Array Project contact John Magnoli, facilities coordinator, at the Kenwood School District Office at 833-2500.