LOS LUNAS, N.M., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. (SCHOTT Solar) (www.us.schottsolar.com) and Consolidated Solar Technologies (CST) today inaugurated a 50kW photovoltaic (PV) solar power system in the parking lot of Los Lunas High School. The system is one of the first in the state to be funded through a grant system initiated last year by Governor Bill Richardson using funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Students at Los Lunas High School were involved in the planning, surveying and calculations necessary to secure the grant money. Their involvement ultimately secured the system for their school. The system, using SCHOTT POLY® solar modules, will yield an energy savings to the school of more than $20,000 annually.
"From the onset of our PV Solar project, Los Lunas Schools was focused on selecting a quality partner and proven solar components," said Terry Othick, chief operations officer of the Los Lunas School District. "The selection of Consolidated Solar Technologies for the design and construction of our system using SCHOTT solar panels accomplished both of our objectives and supported the goal of job creation within the State of New Mexico."
The array, installed in the parking lot of the school and visible from nearby Highway 25, will be integrated into LLHS classes using interactive, real-time system monitoring software.
SCHOTT Solar, of Albuquerque, employs more than 300 local workers and is a growing economic driver of New Mexico's solar industry ecosystem.
"SCHOTT Solar is committed to growing a strong solar industry in Albuquerque and across the nation with our proven, high-quality modules," said Tom Hecht, President and Chief Sales Officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. "It is our privilege to partner with CST and work with New Mexico's schools to support their environmental stewardship. Together we can harness New Mexico's abundant sunshine to create both clean energy and local jobs."
Consolidated Solar Technologies, of Albuquerque, installed the system.
"SCHOTT was very responsive to our needs to complete this project within a very limited timeframe," said Mike Mattioli, managing director of CST. "With their help, Consolidated Solar Tech was able to develop the school's system and deliver ahead of schedule. Today the system is producing clean renewable energy for Los Lunas High School."
SOURCE SCHOTT North America, Inc.