The Athenian School in Danville will soon be using renewable electricity harvested from the sun to meet half of its annual energy needs. Today the School announced plans for a new 220-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic project, which will be installed by REC Solar, Inc. and financed and operated by Tioga Energy. Comprised of 1,300 Mitsubishi Electric solar panels ground-mounted in a 30,000 square foot likeness of the School’s trademark “A,” the visually unique system is expected to be one of California’s largest non-profit solar energy projects upon completion.
“Environmental stewardship is one of the pillars upon which the School was founded,” said Eleanor Dase, Head of School. “We are excited and pleased to be able to model this value for our students, as well as do our part to use green energy and reduce global warming.”
“The Athenian School is leading by example in going solar. Many schools in California are going solar because it makes economic and environmental sense to do so,” said Angiolo Laviziano, president and CEO of REC Solar. “Our engineering and installation team are very passionate about building solar for the next generation.”
Tioga Energy is financing the project through a SurePath SM Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that requires no upfront capital outlay by the School. Under the long-term contract, Tioga will own and operate the system and sell the renewable electricity generated to The Athenian School at predictable rates. As a result, the School expects to reduce its annual energy costs from the system’s first day of operation and for the duration of the PPA.
“The Athenian School has already demonstrated extraordinary commitment through the planning and groundbreaking phases of this solar energy project,” said Paul Detering, CEO of Tioga Energy. “We’re looking forward to helping convert that environmental vision into tangible benefits for its students, its community and the planet.”
Over the twenty-year SurePath PPA, the solar array will avoid generating nearly 12,800 pounds of smog-producing emissions and 66,087,654 pounds of carbon dioxide. The reduction in greenhouse gases alone is the approximate equivalent of taking 55 passenger cars off of California’s roads each year.
In addition to reducing pollutants, the high-efficiency Mitsubishi Electric modules use lead-free solder, eliminating the harmful ingredient commonly used in solder in traditional modules.
“Solar power is right for so many reasons, especially in a school environment,” said Gina Heng, director of sales and marketing for Mitsubishi Electric USA, Photovoltaic Division. “Students can experience the benefits of earth-friendly technology on a daily basis, so that in the years ahead they will view solar as a primary – not alternative – source of energy.”
About The Athenian School:
The Athenian School is a distinctive San Francisco Bay Area college preparatory school, providing an outstanding education that is challenging, engaging, personal, interactive and international. With 457 students in grades 6 to 12, Athenian’s 75-acre campus lies at the base of Mt. Diablo in Danville, 32 miles east of San Francisco. The student to faculty ratio is an enviable 10:1 and the average class size is 15 students. The Athenian School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools. www.athenian.org.
About Tioga Energy
Tioga Energy enables commercial, government and non-profit organizations to reduce their energy costs while lowering carbon emissions. Through the SurePath SM solar power purchase agreement (PPA), Tioga Energy owns and operates renewable energy systems that provide organizations a hedge against energy price volatility and accelerate their access to clean energy without any capital outlay. For more information call 877.333.9787 or visit: www.tiogaenergy.com.
About REC Solar, Inc.
REC Solar is an industry-leading solar power provider specializing in grid-tied residential and commercial installations. With a local presence in all major solar markets in the USA and millions of watts installed, REC Solar is committed to lowering the cost of solar power through efficient processes, innovative products, and outstanding customer service. REC Solar is among the nation’s largest solar integrators and currently has over a dozen offices throughout 5 states (CA, CO, HI, OR and NJ). For additional information on REC Solar visit www.recsolar.com or call 1-888-OK-SOLAR (888-657-6527).
About Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA’s Photovoltaic Division
Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and providers of solar power technology, including PV cells, modules and inverters. The company’s eco-friendly photovoltaic systems are used throughout the world to bring clean, reliable energy to residences, business, power generation plants, schools, factories and areas without access to electricity, as well as other applications such as highway and stadium lighting. In the United States, Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic panels are marketed by Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc., and sold only through authorized distributors and installers. For more information visit www.mitsubishielectricsolar.com or call 714.220.2500.