Thousands of schools have realized the benefits of using solar energy as their primary power source. With the general public, however, this opportunity is underutilized.
School campuses are the perfect site for solar installations: the large, flat rooftops typically found on public and K-12 school buildings make perfect installation spaces for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems. School parking lots are perfect for solar PV canopies, which can also shade parked vehicles on sunny days. Tracts of vacant campus land can be repurposed as modestly sized solar PV farms.
There are now almost 3,800 K-12 schools (nearly 2.7 million students) in the United States with solar installations. The energy generated is roughly equivalent to 155,000 tablet computers. RSI Roofing & Solar, your expert solar contractors in San Diego, looks at what made these schools “go solar.”
The most cited reason for going solar is the financial stability it offers. In addition to a free and clean energy source, the cost of available technology was lowered to the point where it became possible to have arrays installed on any San Diego, CA roofing.
Existing solar technology provides schools with a much-needed expansion of educational opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Solar array sited on-campus provides a “real world situation” for students, sharpening their math and science skills. Some schools have even made studying their solar arrays a part of their curriculum.
Solar energy conserves natural resources and significantly reduces the emissions of pollutants that threaten human health and the environment. Switching to solar energy reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions – which contribute to ground level ozone formation.
Resilience in Emergencies
The use of solar energy in schools has created relative independence from the power grid: schools have power during times of emergency, or when electricity from the grid is otherwise unavailable.
Solar energy investments have provided schools with these benefits that appeal to a broad set of stakeholders: facility managers are attracted to its value as a long-term hedge against increases in utility rates; school boards appreciate the technology’s ability to deliver cost savings; and the increased use of clean energy technologies can significantly help reduce pollutant emissions.
With all the benefits of a solar roof in San Diego, CA, laid out before you, what’s not to like about having them on your school or other commercial property? RSI Roofing & Solar will be glad to lend you a hand with quality solar roofing products and services. Give us a call at (858) 278-7200 or fill out our contact form.