United Solar, wholly-owned by US flexible solar laminates maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc (NASDAQ:ENER), has unveiled a 1.05 MW photovoltaic (PV) installation across the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.
The company announced yesterday that its new solar power project, composed of Uni-Solar brand laminates, covers a total of 21 school rooftops, including 18 elementary schools and three middle schools with standing seam metal roofs.
According to electrical engineering firm PK Electrical Inc, which designed the project, Uni-Solar was selected for its aesthetics and for the ability to adhere the laminates directly on the metal roofs as opposed to relying on an anchor system for glass-panel solar that sticks up above the roof line.
The installation is projected to generate over 2 million kWh of clean electricity per year, while providing a carbon offset of 166 tonnes annually. It is calculated to save the district USD 14,000 (EUR 10,248) per year at each school, totaling over USD 300,000 annually. Moreover, a computer monitoring system has been installed at each school, displaying real-time usage data and detailing energy and cost savings.
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