Work on a 1.05MW solar array using United Solar laminates and spread across the rooftops of 21 schools in Reno, Nevada has been finished. The installation is expected to generate 2 million kWh of electricity a year, saving the district US$300,000.
Engineering firm PK Electrical designed the project for the Washoe County School District, and chose United Solar laminates for a mixture of aesthetic and practical reasons. “Uni-Solar laminates are the most flexible, light weight therefore seamlessly-integrated solar products on the market globally, and on metal roofs like those in Washoe County School District the fit and look is outstanding,” said Ken Fox, United Solar’s U.S. president.
“Educational partnerships such as this are important because today’s youth seem to best understand the need for sustainable energy to help make their world a better place. Projects like this have as much to do with generating power as they do with empowering future generations,” added Fox.
Each school has also installed a computer monitoring system to display real-time usage data from the array, detailing both energy and cost savings.