may 20, 2016
school's out...but the sun is still in session
empty classrooms won't stop more than 300 schools across the state from producing solar power
The 2016 school year might be coming to an end, but the ever-present Arizona sunshine is just getting started. More than 300 schools in APS’s service territory have made the decision to install solar – so while the classrooms empty out, sending teachers and students into a well-deserved summer break, solar panels will continue to produce clean energy for the state.
“When parents drive by their neighborhood school this summer, they’ll see empty playgrounds, but solar panels hard at work,” said Jim Piotrowski, APS Director of Solar Generation. “And, every year when the students come back to school they’ll be able to soak up knowledge in classrooms that are powered by the sun – experiencing renewable energy and environmental lessons first-hand.”
Nearly 60 of the 300 solar installations are owned and operated by APS – producing 16 megawatts of clean energy – while the rest are owned and operated by third-party vendors. However, all 300 schools have taken part in an incentive program offered by APS. These solar arrays provide shade for playgrounds and parking lots, while giving students a chance to learn more about renewable energy in the classroom.
“Driving by Arizona schools that are powered by the sun should remind all Arizonans of this state’s bright future,” Piotrowski said. “Both from the leaders of tomorrow and the energy that powers our lives. APS is proud to play a role in both.”
APS Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).