Lake Park High School District 108 recently cut the ribbon for its new solar photovoltaic systems.
It is one of the first public school districts in the state of Illinois to be so heavily dependent on solar power. Lake Park West High School now owns two solar PV system after years of trying to cut energy expenses in the school, and it is expected to have a huge impact on the school's energy use.
The district is estimating $5.1 million in saving over the next 25 years. In addition to the savings, the district expects to earn more than that same amount over the next 25 years in solar renewable energy credits, which they will sell to nearby utility companies.
Lake Park West and Lake Park East, two high schools in the district, also now own solar panels on their roofs that will create 2,215,247 kilowatt hours of power.
The solar project is expected to decrease greenhouse gases by 1,557 metric tons and will produce enough energy to power 164 houses.
While the physical changes made to the campus are impressive, there are also academic changes taking place. The National Energy Education Development Project has created a curriculum that the school will be using in the classroom to encourage awareness and healthy habits for the environment. The curriculum will be sponsored by Performance Services.
"This is an important extension of our value proposition for schools to provide high-performing, energy-efficient buildings that provide optimal learning environments," said President of Performance Services Tim Thoman.
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