Tucson, Ariz. - Since completing its solar installation project in December 2016, Amphitheater Public Schools announced that it now stands at number three on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 30 K-12 Schools list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. The district also appears as No. 20 on the Top 30 On-Site Generation list, along with corporations such as Walmart Inc., Apple Inc., Coca-Cola and General Motors.
The district’s choice to use green power is helping to advance the green power market and support clean renewable energy alternatives. The on-site solar energy systems are providing 65 percent of the district’s total power needs. The solar power systems are comprised of approximately 29,000 photovoltaic panels located on carports, shade canopies and rooftops across all school sites and other district facilities locations.
Amphitheater Public Schools is using more than 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,500 average American homes each year. Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 11,519 tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 2,433 passenger vehicles annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the region.
The solar project required no upfront capital from the district. Constellation owns and operates the solar power system. The district will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation under a 25-year solar services agreement. The project will result in an expected savings of $23 million in energy costs over the term of the agreement, according to the district.
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power use,” said James Burns, executive manager of operational support, Amphitheater Public Schools. “By making the choice to use clean, renewable energy, our organization becomes more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that using green power is a sound business decision and an important tool in reducing one’s carbon footprint in the fight against climate change.”For more information about Amphitheater’s solar project visit: http://www.amphi.com/Page/8184