Solar Energy Initiative

District 197 Flips the Switch on Solar Arrays
Projects will reduce costs and provide learning opportunities

Last Spring  Friendly Hills Middle School  and Moreland Elementary flipped the switch on rooftop solar arrays; both are estimated to save the school district nearly $300,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years. The systems will not only save energy dollars but also provide science learning opportunities for students. The solar panels were manufactured in Mount Iron, MN by Silicon Energy. 
Next  year three more schools will join Friendly Hills and Moreland.  Garlough, Heritage, and Mendota Elementary plan to host the remaining systems.  In total, the five projects expect to offset nearly 360,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually and save the school district an estimated $750,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years.
The project was installed by local solar contractor Oxbow Sunworks and financed through their partner Ohana Midwest Energy.  The school district had zero upfront costs to install the projects and will pay lower electricity rates over the next 30 years or more. 

These solar projects are inline with our mission to promote energy savings using low cost or no cost strategies.