The Maine-Endwell Central School District in New York completed a solar energy project that will generate 100 percent of the district’s electricity. The district will see savings immediately as well. The system was fully activated by NYSEG on March 23. It is located on district-owned property adjacent to Maine Memorial Elementary School, Route 26, Maine. The project is currently the largest owned by a school district in New York State, to reach 100% solar offset.
In September 2019, the Maine-Endwell Board of Education entered into a pre-development agreement with Renovus Solar, and action was taken to enter into an Energy Performance Contract for the construction of the solar field. In addition to Renovus Solar, the district partnered with Eisenbach and Ruhnke Engineering, P.C. on the project. The district successfully completed actions to secure New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) incentives. Solar array construction began in July 2020 and was completed in November 2020.
“Through visionary leadership and foresight, the Maine-Endwell Central School District and Renovus Solar have created a thoughtful and responsible solution to our electricity needs,” said Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen. “Equally important, we have created the opportunity for our students and staff to learn the value of renewable energy resources, while providing our community with long-term cost-savings.”
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