Solar Carports Activated At All Barnegat Schools
The clean energy produced over the next 15 years is equivalent to taking about 6,500 gas-powered cars off the road, according to EPA data.
Patch.com Barnegat-Manahawkin, NJ | Veronica Flesher
May 4, 2023
All six Barnegat schools now have solar canopy carports installed and activated by Greenskies Clean Focus, the energy company announced in a release.
"We're excited to see these solar carports operating and beginning to save our School District money while creating a more sustainable future," said Steve Brennan, business administrator for Barnegat Township Schools. "These projects showcase our ongoing commitment to our students and community by prioritizing renewable energy and long-term cost savings."
In total, more than 4,756 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed at:
- Barnegat High School (323.1 kW)
- Russel O. Brackman Middle School (711.9 kW)
- Robert L. Horbelt Intermediate School (336.6 kW)
- Joseph T. Donahue School (336.6 kW)
- Cecil S. Collins School (234.9 kW)
- Lillian M. Dunfee School (197.1 kW)
The 2.14 megawatt portfolio of solar canopies is expected to generate more than 2,748 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy, offsetting more than 1,948 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), Greenskies Clean Focus said. Over the next fifteen years, that's the equivalent of taking about 6,500 gas-powered cars off the road or preserving 34,800 acres of forest, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to the environmental benefits and electricity cost savings, the structures provide shade and protection from the weather.
"Greenskies is proud to help the Barnegat Township School District achieve its renewable energy goals," said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies Clean Focus. "When schools reduce energy costs with solar, the students stand to benefit the most."
The project was furnished with no upfront cost to Barnegat, according to Greenskies Clean Focus, which will purchase the power generated by the arrays from Greenskies at a low, fixed rate for the next fifteen years. Greenskies will also provide ongoing management and maintenance.