Solar Landscape has energized more than 3,300 solar panels on four schools across the Asbury Park School District. All in, that’s more than 1.3 MWdc of electricity that will supply more than half of the schools’ power needs and save the school district more than $120,000 annually.
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“This is a momentous day for Asbury Park and an exciting step forward into the clean energy economy for our students, faculty, and staff,” said RaShawn M. Adams, Superintendent of Schools. “The financial savings created by these solar panels empower our schools to fund other critical parts of our educational curriculum. Plus, using renewable solar energy demonstrates to our students and community exactly how we can all fight climate change together.”
Entering into a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Asbury Park School District, Solar Landscape will provide electricity at no cost for the entire term of the agreement. The panels will provide 52% of the electricity for Asbury Park High School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Upper Elementary School, and Bradley Elementary School.
“As an Asbury Park-based company, being a good partner to our local community – especially students and educators – is a driving force behind our mission and is a core reason that our 100-plus employees come to work every day,” said Solar Landscape CEO Shaun Keegan.
In the first year alone, the panels will generate 1,600,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions of burning 1.25 million pounds of coal.
As part of its partnership with the district, Solar Landscape is also working with the Board of Education to provide renewable energy instruction to Asbury Park students, including student education on the benefits of green energy and green energy career opportunities that are available to them.
Large solar installations like this one also enable Solar Landscape to hire solar installers from Asbury Park and nearby communities, creating jobs as part of the clean energy economy.
“This project was especially rewarding because of how many parts of the community it will benefit – from the students in the schools, to the workers on the rooftops, to the environment around us,” said Bryan Foley, one of the company’s solar installers who worked on the Asbury Park School District project. “I’ve referred several friends to our solar installer training program so they could make a good living in a career as a solar installer, too. It’s a great job. We’re installing solar panels, and we’re building a clean energy future as we do it.”
In addition to its work with schools, Solar Landscape is New Jersey’s leading community solar company, operating two-thirds (20 out of 28.9 megawatts) of the state’s active community solar projects. As part of that program, Solar Landscape has partnered with dozens of nonprofits and community organizations to train hundreds of New Jersey residents for jobs installing solar panels. They even won a Project of the Year award last year:
Solar Landscape’s Green Ambassador Program also issues scholarships to students, and works with New Jersey community colleges, technical schools and nonprofits to introduce students to careers in the solar energy industry.
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