Powered by Clean Currents: Solar Installation Continues at Bullis School

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , |

As the Gazette reports, the Bullis School of Potomac, MD has already been recognized as the top individual school green power purchaser, and now the school is stepping up its committment to clean energy by installing a 110.7 kw solar system on the roof of their arts building. Before Thanksgiving, the Clean Currents crew unloaded 540 panels and hoisted them on the roof with a crane. Now the team is in the process of installing the panels and hope to have the project completed by the end of the week.

Once the installation is complete, the system will provide about 20% of the building’s electricity. To finance the $700,000 project, Bullis is working with Washington Gas and Energy Services (WGES). WGES gets tax benefits from the project, and Bullis has agreed to purchase back the power generated by the system from WGES at an established rate for 20 years.

Students that walked by the arts building were definitely interested in what the giant crane was unloading on the roof. Soon physics students in Brittany Reed’s class will get a chance to learn more about how the panels work and even monitor the sunlight absorbed through a computer program. According to Reed,

“The idea is to get them to see that what we’re learning is more than just equations and problems we see on a sheet, that there’s actually real world applications for them…They always want to know, ‘Why do we care about this?’ This is one thing we have at our school that gives us that connection.”

 

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