Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Governor Northam Kicks Off Richmond Public Schools "Solar-Bration"

Governor Ralph Northam kicked off the “solar-bration” on Friday, February 21, marking the completion of Richmond Public School’s initial solar power purchase agreement (PPA) project.

Huguenot High School solar installation.  Photo courtesy of Secure Futures Solar

In 2019, a combined 2.9 megawatts of solar power was installed on 10 Richmond school buildings, making it the largest solar installation on a school district in Virginia to date. RPS is expected to save $2 million in electricity costs over the 20-year agreement. The panels were installed at no capital cost to the schools by Secure Futures Solar.

7th District School Board Representative Cheryl Burke with students Max Boehm, June Boehm, and Tynashia Pinkston, who helped advocate for solar on their school at Fisher Elementary.

As Governor Northam noted, this project brings the three E’s to Richmond Public Schools:  environment, energy and the economy, and provides a great model for the Commonwealth and other states. The solar project provides learning opportunities for students in several areas of STEAMH (science, technology, engineering, the arts, math, and health) and pathways to jobs for the 21st century.

Governor Northam with RPS student solar advocates.

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