Secure Futures is now installing a total of 1.8 megawatts of solar power at seven school facilities in Augusta County, Virginia, enough solar to power nearly 300 average American homes. The first phase of installations was completed in December of 2018 and the remainder of arrays will be finished by mid-2019.
Having solar panels on campus will help Augusta County’s schools integrate clean energy into their curricula.
Producing its own solar power on site will also help each school save money. Altogether, the solar arrays will cover about 31% of the power used on all seven campuses. That should save the school division about $495,000 over the next 20 years, which can be invested in such necessities as teacher salaries, school programs and classroom supplies.
Best of all, the schools received solar panels on site with no upfront capital cost. Under a power purchase agreement, Secure Futures installed the panels on the school campuses but will continue to own and operate the solar systems, selling all the power to the schools at a cost lower than utility power.