By Editors of Power Engineering
The solar systems, which include 29,000 photovoltaic panels installed across 25 school sites and support facilities, are expected to generate more than 60 percent of the district’s electricity needs.
Additionally, the solar system will be used as an educational opportunity and show students how solar electricity works via real-time data monitoring.
“We are excited about the significant cost-savings and meaningful educational opportunities this solar power system will bring,” said James Burns, executive manager of operational support, Amphitheater Public Schools. “In addition, it will provide much needed shade in play areas and allow the district to demonstrate the viability of clean energy resources to our students, faculty and community.”
Constellation owns and operates the solar system, with the district to purchase electricity under a 25-year agreement.
Natural Power and Energy, an Arizona-based commercial solar developer serving companies, schools and government institutions, led the pre-construction development efforts for the solar power system.
Constellation owns and operates more than 400 MW of generation that has been completed or under construction, including 300 MW of solar, biomass and co-generation facilities.