The Warwick Valley Central School District (WVSCD) Solar Power Project, located on Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick NY, began generating electricity on Tues., Feb. 6 when inspectors from Orange and Rockland powered it up. The 2.419 megawatt solar powered array is the largest school district-owned solar project in New York State. It will generate approximately 2.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to likely offset the District’s entire electricity bill through monetary credits.
Currently, the District spends about $600,000 annually on electricity. Power generated by the Warwick Valley Solar Power Project will feed into Orange & Rockland’s power grid and, in exchange, the District will receive a per/megawatt monetary credit.
The solar power project is among several green initiatives in the District. Other environmental efforts include the purchase of propane-powered school buses, LED lighting, a food waste disposal system, a rain garden at the High School, green education programs for students, and a District sustainability policy.
Members of the Warwick Valley Central School District Community gathered at the site of the District’s Solar Power Project as the inspectors powered it up for the first time.