McKinstry installs solar array at Wisconsin High School, offsets nearly 40 percent

Algoma High School solar array

The Algoma School District in Wisconsin worked with McKinstry to design, install, commission and monitor a 185 kW-dc solar PV fixed tilt ground-mount system installed at the Algoma High School. The project will generate a yearly 253 MWh of solar energy, saving the district on utility costs while increasing sustainability by offsetting an estimated 38.5 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption.  

“McKinstry is committed to helping our K-12 partners across Wisconsin identify opportunities to modernize their facilities while simultaneously making them more sustainable,” said Harlan Ward, McKinstry’s project development director on this project. “We applaud the Algoma School District’s commitment to energy efficiency, which will pay off for years to come.”

In addition to substantial energy cost savings, McKinstry proactively assisted the district in receiving more than $41,500 in financial incentives/grants offered through Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) and WPPI’s Renewable Energy Grants for Non-Profits. The combination of these incentives/grants and annual energy savings will help the project pay for itself in just under 16 years.           

Programs like RECIP and WPPI’s Renewable Energy Grants for Non-Profits support efforts by Wisconsin non-profit entities and businesses to offset their energy use and promote their environmental commitment. The financial incentives and grants available through these programs benefit all Wisconsinites by helping to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that otherwise would not happen, or in some cases years sooner than scheduled. 

McKinstry has extensive experience serving K-12 school districts across the country. To date, the company has completed nearly 600 K-12 energy projects for more than 450 school districts nationwide.

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