Since activated on the sunny, rolling field downhill from Sanfordville Elementary in February 2018, the District’s solar array has generated $519,879 in energy credits, through July of 2019, offsetting roughly 75 percent of the District’s electrical energy costs.
The largest school-district-owned solar project in New York, Warwick Valley’s facility spans 7,866 solar panels and 33 inverters, generating a minimum of 2,419,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity each year.
“We couldn’t feel more gratified with the return on the District’s investment in solar energy,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Leach. “We are committed to pursuing a bold yet sustainable and responsible vision for our schools and our students’ future.
The power generated by the solar field feeds into Orange & Rockland’s power grid and comes back to the District in the form of monetary credits. Since going online in February 2018, the array has generated about 4,500,000 kWh of electricity.
“The energy savings from the solar project have already surpassed our initial estimates, producing 10 percent more electricity than projected,” said Timothy Holmes, Assistant Superintendent for Business, who oversaw the solar project construction.
Warwick Valley’s many environmentally-minded initiatives have earned all its schools Green Ribbon designations by the U.S. Department of Education.