Rooftop solar installation at Wanaque Public Schools saves on energy bills

ROI-NJ | Linda Lindner
August 3, 2022

Greenskies partnered with Pfister Energy, a top commercial solar developer and engineering, procurement and construction contractor based in Hawthorne, which installed solar panels on the roofs at Wanaque Elementary School (250 kilowatts) and Haskell Elementary School (140 kW).

These solar projects were made possible through a 15-year solar power purchase agreement with Greenskies, enabling the school district to install the solar systems at no cost and purchase the electricity they generate at a reduced rate while also outsourcing operation and maintenance costs for the 15-year term.

“Greenskies is excited to support the Wanaque school system by installing on-site solar to provide stable energy costs for years to come,” Stanley Chin, CEO and president of Greenskies, said. “Solar delivers substantial energy cost savings, as well as long-term environmental benefits. When schools install solar, it’s really the kids who win the most.”

Over the next 15 years, these projects will offset 5,730 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 1,059 gas-powered cars or the carbon sequestered by 5,820 acres of U.S. forests, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

“Pfister Energy is thrilled to see the solar project at Wanaque Public Schools come to fruition,” Sean Quin, senior vice president of strategy & business development of Pfister, said. “We are proud to partner with Greenskies and the Wanaque BOE to help reduce the operating costs as well as achieve the sustainability goals of the school district. This project will benefit both the students and the community.”