The Algoma School District has partnered with McKinstry to design, install, commission and monitor a 185 kW-dc solar photovoltaic fixed-tilt ground-mount system at Algoma High School. The project will generate 253 megawatt-hours of solar energy annually, saving the district money on its annual utility costs and increasing sustainability by offsetting an estimated 38.5% of the facility’s annual electricity consumption.
“We are committed to sustainability in our operation,” said Jason Melotte, director of business services for the Algoma School District. “This project provides us with substantial environmental and social benefits,” along with the utility savings.
McKinstry also proactively helped the district to obtain more than $41,500 in financial incentives and grants through Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program and WPPI’s Renewable Energy Grants for Nonprofits Program. The combination of these incentives, grants and annual energy savings will help the project pay for itself in about 16 years.