More than 300 schools statewide produce solar power

Solar panels at Cottonwood Elementary

Solar panels at Cottonwood Elementary School. (Submitted photo)

While classrooms empty for the school year, more than 300 schools in the Arizona Public Service service territory that have solar panels installed, will continue producing clean energy for the state’s ever-present Arizona sunshine as teachers and students enjoy their annual summer break.

“When parents drive by their neighborhood school this summer, they’ll see empty playgrounds, but solar panels hard at work,” said Jim Piotrowski, APS director of Solar Generation, in a prepares statement. “And, every year when the students come back to school they’ll be able to soak up knowledge in classrooms that are powered by the sun – experiencing renewable energy and environmental lessons first-hand.”

Nearly 60 of the 300 solar installations are owned and operated by APS, producing 16-megawatts of clean energy, while the rest are owned and operated by third-party vendors. However, all 300 schools participated in an incentive program offered by APS, according to a press release.

Solar arrays provide shade for playgrounds and parking lots, while giving students a chance to learn more about renewable energy in the classroom.

“Driving by Arizona schools that are powered by the sun should remind all Arizonans of this state’s bright future,” Mr. Piotrowski said. “Both from the leaders of tomorrow and the energy that powers our lives. APS is proud to play a role in both.”

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