Pennsylvania School District Unveils Large Solar Array
Pennsylvania's Carlisle Area School District on October 19 unveiled a new 1.2 megawatt solar power array that will help educate as it provides renewable energy. The solar installation is expected to produce approximately 1,500,000 kilowatt hours of solar power a year. The school district, with 10 schools, will now be able to meet approximately 16% of its electricity needs with solar power. At the ceremony, Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell spoke about the importance of green energy to the state's future.
The new ground-mount solar array from Sharp includes 1,227 kW 240W monocrystalline panels and 9.2 kW of 115W framed thin film panels, which will allow students to study and compare the performance of both technologies. This project was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Additional Funding will be provided to the school district under the ACT 129 renewable energy rebate program. See the Sharp press release.