Solar, a leader in solar system design and installation, and Kenyon
Energy, a national funding, development and operations company for
commercial-scale solar power facilities, today celebrate the completion
of three solar energy systems at Beaverton
School District, with a formal dedication ceremony at Springville
K-8 School. This solar project marks the third occasion REC Solar and
Kenyon Energy have collaborated successfully with a public education
institution in the Pacific Northwest, a traditionally challenging market
Located at three district sites - Elmonica Elementary School,
Springville K-8 School and the Health and Science School - the solar
installations have a rated capacity of 299.3kW and produced over 300,000
kWh of solar power during their first year of service, equivalent to the
electricity needed to power 26 homes for one year. Additionally, the
system will save the Beaverton nearly $20,000 in annual energy costs.
As in the previous public-private partnership projects at Gladstone
School District and Grants Pass School District, Kenyon Energy served as
project owner, developer and financier, and REC Solar acted as EPC
contractor, designing nd building the project. Under the system
ownership arrangement, Beaverton schools receive solar energy while
Kenyon Energy benefits from Oregon and Federal incentives and tax
credits. After a fifteen year period, the school district has the
opportunity to buy the system outright.
"REC Solar and Kenyon Energy took the financial risk out of solar
project development and financing, allowing us to focus on our core
function: education," said Richard Steinbrugge, Beaverton's executive
administrator for facilities. "The system provides not only reliable
clean energy, but also immediate financial savings that we can reinvest
in our schools. Additionally, students can now learn first-hand about
solar technologies, offering an unparalleled opportunity to bring
science to life."
"Managing a construction project while school is in session presents its
own set of unique challenges," said Dennis Odden, Senior Vice President
of Kenyon Energy. "REC Solar navigated this challenging territory
gracefully, completing these systems in a tight time window and on
budget. We look forward to future projects with REC Solar, a proven,
valued partner in the Pacific Northwest and nationally."
Beaverton will incorporate the solar systems into district curriculum
utilizing the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's 'Solar
4R Schools' program, which boasts a comprehensive staff training
component and monitoring system. Students can interact with emissions
savings and energy generation data in real time at dedicated kiosks on
the school campuses. The data is also available on the Solar 4R Schools
website in every classroom in the school district.
"Increasingly, educational institutions are realizing solar makes
financial sense," said Andy Noel, Director of Utility Business
Development for REC Solar. "With our partner Kenyon Energy, REC Solar
has developed more efficient system designs and innovative cost savings
mechanisms that have helped schools in the Northwest save money."
About REC Solar, Inc.
REC Solar, Inc., a subsidiary of Mainstream Energy Corporation, is a
national leader in solar electric system design and installation.
Focused on making solar affordable and simple, REC Solar specializes in
residential, business, government and utility projects, offering a local
presence in all major solar markets in the U.S. By providing innovative
products, efficient processes and integrated services, REC Solar is
committed to delivering high-quality systems while lowering the cost of
solar power for all. In 15 years of business, REC Solar has installed
more than 9,000 systems nationwide in excess of 140 megwatts. For more,
visit RECSolar.com or call (888) 657-6527.
About Kenyon Energy, LLC
Through its nation-wide funding, development and operation of commercial
scale solar power facilities, Kenyon Energy provides cost effective
renewable energy solutions to offset a host's traditional energy
consumption. By offering fully funded, turnkey renewable power
solutions, Kenyon Energy helps make solar and other alternative power
sources realistic alternatives for public and private sector entities.
The company provides funding, ownership, and ongoing operational support
for systems ranging in size up to 20 MW. For more information, call
Dennis Odden at (303) 942-0901 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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