Governor Ralph Northam, RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras, and Secure Futures Solar CEO Tony Smith will announce the completion of the largest solar project at a public school in Virginia according to Generation180 on Friday, February 21st.
Solar-bration at Richmond Public Schools
It’s finally here – Richmond Public Schools are launching their whopping 2.9 megawatt solar power project! According to the nonprofit Generation180, this is the largest solar installation on a school district in Virginia to date (up through 2019).
Ten Richmond Public Schools have installed solar panels:
- Huguenot High School
- Lucille Brown Middle School
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
- J.H. Blackwell Elementary School
- G.H. Reid Elementary School
- M.J. Jones Elementary School
- Linwood Holton Elementary School
- Oak Grove Elementary School
- Broad Rock Elementary School
- J.B. Fisher Elementary School
Through a power purchase agreement with Secure Futures, the school division received on-campus solar power with no capital cost. Secure Futures is selling 100% of the solar power produced to the school division at a rate lower than what they are currently paying to their electric utility, Dominion.
This will save Richmond Public Schools approximately $2 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. The company will help the schools integrate the solar panels into classroom work through teacher training and SOL-compliant curricula from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.
We invite you to solar-brate with us on Friday, February 21st at Lucille Brown Middle School, where the solar panels are easily visible.
- Governor Ralph Northam
- Lucille Brown MS student, Justin Jimenez
- RPS Superintendent, Jason Kamras
- RPS School Board Member, Liz Doerr
- Community Foundation for a greater Richmond President/CEO, Sherrie Armstrong
- Secure Futures Solar CEO, Tony Smith
- Standard Solar Chief Development Officer, Tony Clifford
- Environment Virginia representative, Joe Rupp
- Lucille Brown MS Principal, Stacy Gaines
WHAT: Speakers will announce the completion of the RPS solar panel project, the largest solar energy system completed at a K-12 school division in Virginia to date. Installed on 10 campuses across the division, the schools’ solar panels will produce enough electricity to power more than 500 average homes per year. Generating their own solar power will save Richmond Public Schools approximately $2 million in utility power over the next 20 years.
WHERE: Lucille M. Brown Middle School, 6300 Jahnke Rd, Richmond, VA 23225
WHEN: Friday, February 21 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
CONTACT: RPS Office of Engagement, 804.780.7694, firstname.lastname@example.org
- In case of rain: launch held in the multipurpose room (bring a government ID to check in)
- In case of school delay due to snow: launch held in the multipurpose room (bring a government ID to check in)
- In case of school closure due to snow: launch will be rescheduled, date TBD