Lake Stevens Journal: By Journal Staff
Green power will come to Lake Stevens High School this fall!
The district received a PUD grant through their Planet Power program which will provide for the installation of a solar photo-voltaic (PV) array panel. The panel will be placed on the roof of the Performing Arts Center and will generate approximately 5,500 kilowatt-hours (KWh)of energy per year.
Jessica Mitchell, Customer Renewables Program Manager, stated that the energy grant program is provided through monthly donations from PUD rate payers.
Lake Stevens is one of four projects that are being granted this year out of 39 applications. She also commented that the application, submitted by the district’s Energy Education Specialist Barb Ossowski was a stellar application.
In addition to providing a solar array, the program will provide for a kiosk and renewable energy education curriculum for students.
The kiosk will show details of the project as well as instant data on the amount of power generated through the panels. Information will also be available on the PUD and district’s websites.
The grant provides for the installation of the solar array by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, along with the kiosk, curriculum and signage. The project comes at no cost to the district.
The solar energy grant is yet another way that the district is working to save energy and work towards a greener environment.
Energy conservation programs are in their second year and the district has reduced its energy impact by an amount equal to removing over 500 cars from the road for a year.
In addition, the district has avoided spending over $660,000 in energy costs since the program’s inception. The district is an Energy Star Partner and continues to exceed their 10 percent reduction goal in the PUD Energy Challenge.
The district will be recognized by Energy Education with its Energy Pacesetter Award for positive environmental impacts at the September 28 board meeting.
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