Denver, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Denver Public School Board this week gave the go-ahead to plans for the development of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects on 16 school buildings throughout the school district. The projects are the result of planning and coordination with Oak Leaf Energy Partners with the School District and the Denver Green Print Council.
The projects will be owned and operated by MP2 Capital. MP2 will then sell the electricity produced to the district under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The systems will be designed and built by Boulder-based Namasté Solar.
The projects will be completed on several sites throughout the district. The locations were selected by the optimal solar and roof qualities of the schools.
The 16 systems will total approximately 1.8 megawatts (MW) of capacity and generate approximately 44 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean solar electricity over the course of the 20-year PPA.
The systems are expected be completed by November 2010, with the first project coming on-line in March 2010, Oak Leaf said.
In addition to providing clean electricity, the projects also include an extensive educational curriculum for the host schools. Created by Namasté Solar, and taught by local teachers, the program will concentrate on the science and economics of photovoltaic energy generation.
The host schools include:
- Martin Luther King Middle School
- Place Middle School
- Montbello High School
- Manual High School
- Rachel B. Noel Middle School
- Green Valley Ranch Elementary School
- Greenwood Elementary School
- Thomas Jefferson High School
- Waller Elementary School
- East High School
- Grant Ranch Elementary School
- Lowry Elementary School
- Bruce Randolph Middle School
- South High School
- Fallis Elementary School
- Green Valley Ranch High School