Live Oak Classical School “Flips the Switch” on Solar Panels Donated by the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™

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School incorporates solar monitoring tools into science curriculum

“All of our Sun Club donations are unique, but I particularly enjoyed working with Live Oak because the school’s enthusiasm for the environment shines through its students," Tony Napolillo, Sun Club program manager, Green Mountain Energy Company.

Live Oak Classical School (420 S.5th Street) and the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ welcomed the sun onto the campus by flipping the switch on the school’s new solar array. The solar installation was made possible by a $30,000 donation from the Sun Club, a voluntary program in which Green Mountain residential customers make monthly contributions toward solar generation systems for non-profits. The school celebrated the installation with a presentation to students, faculty and the community.

“Live Oak recently introduced an environmental science program that incorporates a variety of hands-on activities teaching students about sustainability. Energy is an important part of that discussion which is why we’re thrilled about this solar array,” said Alison Moffatt, Head of School, Live Oak Classical School. “Our students and teachers will be able to look at the monitoring system attached to the array and learn how renewable energy works and also how it’s helping power our school.”

The solar array, installed on the roof of the school, will help Live Oak save on its electricity bill and reduce its environmental footprint. The solar array is expected to generate nearly 9,100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of pollution-free energy each year, avoiding 10,600 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO₂). That’s like not driving 11,800 miles!

Sun Club donations are awarded to non-profits through an application process that evaluates recipients based on criteria such as benefit to the community, opportunities for renewable energy education and passion for the environment. The Live Oak application met all of these requirements and had the unique twist of being submitted by former student D.J. Achterhof, who is now attending Baylor University.    

“All of our Sun Club donations are unique, but I particularly enjoyed working with Live Oak because the school’s enthusiasm for the environment shines through its students. This is demonstrated by the fact that the application submitted to the Sun Club came from a student,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club program manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “Helping increase awareness for renewable energy while supporting organizations that benefit the community is exactly why this program is in place.”

Live Oak is the Sun Club’s 37th solar installation since the program was founded in 2002.

Pictures from the event will be added to Green Mountain Energy’s Flckr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmtnenergy/

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