STARKSBORO, Vt., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Robinson Elementary School, the Town of Starksboro, Vermont, and AllEarth Renewables, Inc. of Williston, Vermont have partnered to install 25 AllSun Trackers® on a field adjacent to the school. Over the course of a year, the 100 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic array is expected to produce enough electricity to provide 100% of the electricity used in both the school and the town offices.
"With schools, you need to have more than one reason to do something and this project helps us reach multiple goals at once," said Dan Noel, Principal of Robinson Elementary. "It fits perfectly with our goal of reducing our environmental footprint, gives a hands-on focus to the energy curriculum, and will save the school money in the long-term as we have locked in our electric rate for at least the next 5 years."
"This is a great example of a community working together to take responsibility for their energy needs," said Anne Bijur, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at AllEarth Renewables. "The Selectboard started with a great idea and approached the Robinson School Board who quickly saw how this solar installation could help both the town and school save money. We are especially excited about this project as it is the largest one we have completed for a school. The students will grow up with the idea that solar power is, and should be, a regular part of their everyday lives."
The AllSun Tracker is a complete grid-connected solar electric system which consists of photovoltaic panels mounted on poles installed in the ground. The system uses a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a dual axis rotation to keep the solar panels at a perpendicular angle to the sun's rays throughout the day. This maximizes the amount of light reaching the panels, which in turn maximizes the amount of energy generated, providing as much as 40% more electricity than fixed panel installations of the same size. More than 300 AllSun Tracker solar electric systems have already been installed in Vermont to date, representing a total generating capacity of over one megawatt of renewable energy.
About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. www.allearthrenewables.com
AllEarth Renewables, Inc. is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company's goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.
SOURCE AllEarth Renewables, Inc.