South Carolina just got smarter. Not only are residents and business owners switching to renewable solar energy, now schools are as well. Jasper County School District takes solar education and energy efficiency to a whole new level through the Green Power Solar Schools program. Generating their own power and teaching the community about going solar in South Carolina is a remarkable investment into future generations of the state.
Designed to help educate students about the benefits of solar energy, this Green Power Solar program installs solar arrays for select schools. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 20 schools have gone solar in South Carolina thanks to Green Power Solar Schools. Now, Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School is joining that number.
Dr. Vashti Washington of the Jasper County School District, said in a statement, “The Green Power Solar School at Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School will allow students to get a firsthand look at how electricity can be produced through solar technology. This allows students to get an extraordinary look at how electricity can be produced through hands on activities outside the doors of the classroom.”
And it’s not just new solar panels being installed. The entire school is being upgraded to be energy efficient. The interior lighting will be replaced with LED lighting, and exterior lights will also be added for improved safety. The HVAC system will be replaced with a new, state-of-the-art unit that will provide better air quality, and thermostat controls. Finally, the school will also get water efficiency upgrades.
Dr. Rechel Anderson, Superintendent of the Jasper County School District said, “We know that our students spend a great deal of time with us, as well as our faculty and staff. And so the more comfortable they are, the better they feel, the better it feels when they walk in, the better they will perform.”
This investment, including the solar installation, will cost roughly $8.5 million, and is projected to save the district $280,000 per year once completed in 2020. With so many schools going solar in South Carolina, the next generation will grow up knowing just how easy it is to switch to green, renewable energy. With any luck, this solar powered school will send out students who will continue to see solar in South Carolina continue to grow.
And it makes complete sense why. There’s the South Carolina’s solar tax credit, the Federal Solar Tax Credit, plus any local solar incentives. With all these programs, installing solar panels in the Palmetto State is a great move. Sunpro Solar is excited to offer solar in South Carolina.