SOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LOCATION: New Canaan, CT
SOLAR SIZE: 305 kW system
Grid-tied solar system
783 solar panels, 395 Watt modules
Year 1 system production: 395,000 kWh
Equals the same amount of energy as 55 US homes
221,000 lbs of GHG emissions avoided
MHR has been working with the Town of New Canaan and New Canaan Public Schools to develop a comprehensive energy efficiency program, beginning with the implementation of solar systems on multiple buildings.
MHR conducted a portfolio review and solar feasibility assessment for New Canaan Public Schools. Services included: rate tariff analysis, securing zero-emission renewable energy credits (ZRECs), development and solicitation of a request for proposal (RFP), and initial system implementation.
MHR secured ZRECs to facilitate phased implementation of over 1 MW of solar PV installations on four schools, including New Canaan High School, Saxe Middle School, East Elementary School and South Elementary School.
The multi-school solar implementation plan began at South Elementary School, immediately following installation of a new solar-ready roof. The system will provide nearly all the power required by the school on an average annual basis. The solar system alone will save the school over $1,000,000 over the next 20 years. Along with the conversion to natural gas and recently installed LED lighting, this public school is approaching net-zero with respect to total grid-supplied energy.