At the Fox C-6 Schools we are serious about taking care of
our planet and are continually seeking out initiatives that help us meet this
goal. This not only includes our approach to recycling, but our approach to
conserving our natural resources as well. It has also driven our choice to
partner with Missouri’s Brightergy, who will design and install 400
kilowatts of solar energy atop 16 of our building locations - enabling us to
produce a part of our energy from the sun and reduce our carbon emissions (see
by just how much below).
What to expect: Construction
will begin in the coming weeks, so you may see forklifts and roped-off areas on
our various campuses as the Brightergy team begins their work. The solar-power
systems will either rest atop our flat roofs, or be attached directly to some
of our pitched roofs. Once all of the systems are installed, we will have
access to them via an online monitoring system. There we’ll be able to review
production data in real time - whether we’re looking at one of our systems, or
the whole group.
Each of the 16, 25-kilowatt solar power systems will be made
up of approximately 90 solar panels. Each of these panels is about 4’x6’, so
all together, the 90 panels together create an approximately 2,500 square feet
“array.” Our 16 solar arrays will be “grid-connected,” which means that they
will be seamlessly integrated into the Ameren Missouri power grid to deliver
both solar and traditional power to our buildings. Because we are tied to the Ameren
Missouri grid, our systems will not need batteries. The diagram below explains
how this works:
So, how much power is that?
The Fox Schools 400 kilowatts of solar power will generate
enough electricity to power 1,005 60-watt light bulbs 24-hours –a-day for an
entire year.** It’s enough clean power
to eliminate 821,289 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually which is
environmental equivalent of planting 305 acres of U.S. forest. This means cleaner air in Missouri and less
reliance on fossil fuels.
**How to calculate how many light bulbs your solar energy
A conservative estimate for the number of kilowatts
produced by a 25-kilowatt solar-energy system in eastern Missouri is 33,000
kilowatt hours a year.
Take 33,000 x the number of 25-kilowatt solar-energy systems
you will be installing to find the total number of kilowatt hours your systems
will produce in a year.
Divide XX,XXX kWh / 8,750 (24 x 365 = 8,750) to get XXX
Multiply this number by 1000 to find how many Watts.
Divide the number of Watts by 60 (as in a 60-Watt light
bulb) to find the number of 60-watt light bulbs your solar-energy systems would
be capable of powering 24-hours-a-day for an entire year.
Example: A school district is installing 5 25-kilowatt
solar-energy systems, or 125 kilowatts of solar power.
5 x 33,000 = 165,000 kWh
165,000 / 8,750 = 18.85 kW
18.85 kW x 1,000 = 18,850 Watts
18,850 / 60 = 314
Acme School District’s 125 kilowatts of solar power
will generate enough electricity to power 314 60-watt light bulbs
24-hours-a-day for an entire year.
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