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Constellation Energy has announced the completion of an aggregate 4.29MW solar generation installation at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Arizona, US. Constellation Energy will own and maintain the solar systems. In return, the school district will purchase and receive all of the electricity generated by the solar panels at a fixed rate from Constellation Energy under a 25-year solar services agreement.

Estrella Foothills High School is one of three high schools fitted with solar panels as part of the Buckeye Union High School District solar generation project. The installations collectively generate enough electricity to power the three high schools, meeting up to 70% of the school district's electricity needs.

The project was developed by GV Enterprises and REgeneration Finance and built by CORE Construction, were facilitated, in part, by the Arizona Corporation Commission-approved APS Renewable Energy Incentive Program. This program offers financial incentives, covering up to 40% of the installation costs, to customers who add renewable energy systems to their homes or businesses.

The solar power systems are comprised of approximately 15,468 photovoltaic panels, located on 29 carport rooftop structures and on two ground-mounted installations. The project is expected to generate more than 7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

“We're pleased to celebrate the addition of three solar installations in our school district,” said Dr. Beverly Hurley, superintendent of Buckeye Union High School District. “This addition will play an important role in meeting the district's electricity needs and will serve as an educational tool for our students to learn about solar energy production.”

“Constellation Energy congratulates Buckeye Union High School District for its commitment to renewable energy and is proud to have worked with REgeneration Finance, CORE Construction and APS to make this project a reality,” said Michael Smith, senior vice president of green initiatives for Constellation Energy's retail business. “Solar as a power-generation source helps schools control operating costs by providing a fixed electricity rate over the long term, while demonstrating to students, faculty and the community the ways that clean energy resources benefit the environment.”

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