“Knowledge is power, powering future generations”
U.S. school districts spend $6 billion each year on energy, second only to salaries. Kindergarten through high school buildings in the U.S. spend an average of 67 cents per square foot (ft2) on electricity. In a typical school building, lighting, space heating, and water heating represent the bulk of total use, making those systems the best targets for energy savings. It is one of the few expenses that can be decreased without affecting classroom instruction.
•Over 50% of energy used is for heating/cooling. Often using out of date inefficient technology & appliances
•Energy consumption and costs will continue to rise up to 3% annually (eia.gov)
•Equivalent to adding approximately 60 million tons of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere
St. John's Public Schools has installed 6 new solar arrays which will be used to offset their energy costs. Savings for the school are very meaningful for future growth planning. The solar system also provides and excellent learning opportunity and set a great example for students.