Palmer Trinity School has installed a 22- kilowatt solar power system to generate clean energy and educate students about sustainability energy.
Designed by Solaria Design & Consulting to provide 22 kilowatts of electricity to the school, the solar electric installation covers 1,866 square feet and has 98 photovoltaic Trina solar panels, each producing 225 watts of electricity. The solar panels power the athletic fields and part the school library. Also included is a solar charging station to give students and faculty the opportunity to charge their computers and cell phones.
“We are very excited about this new initiative, which allows us to explore ways to lower our energy costs while extending our efforts in sustainable education,” said head of school Sean Murphy.
Because the school’s new solar power system is attached to the electric utility company grid, it provides electricity to the community when not being used on campus. As a result, Palmer Trinity received a rebate from the Florida Power & Light Co. Palmer Trinity officials officially dedicated the new solar power system on Oct. 27 and honored Julie and Bob Reynolds, parents of student Delaney Reyholds, for their generous contribution to the project. At the same time, Dr. Leopoldo Llinas, PTS director of sustainability, and student Fabiana Vivacqua explained how the new solar power installation will serve as an educational tool for all Palmer Trinity students. FP&L representatives brought an electric vehicle to the event and were on hand to answer questions about renewable energy technology.
“Students are now able to view online, in real time, the production of the solar panels, analyze how production is affected by weather conditions, determine the amount of money saved on energy and calculate the pounds of carbon dioxide averted from the atmosphere,” said Dr. Llinas. “With this system, our school is transitioning to a future that includes more sustainable energy, and is helping students evaluate energy resources.”
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