The Athenian School Goes Green with Sky Power Solar

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Solar installations provide 70% of school’s electrical needs.

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Solar system atop the new multi-purpose Dase Center

“The Athenian School is setting an example of how to conduct business using minimal resources for its students and the community.” Bob Winn, Sky Power Solar

Sky Power Solar, a leading provider of high-performance solar solutions in the Tri-Valley, announced today that it has completed the installation of a 22 kilowatt solar power system at The Athenian School in Danville, CA.

The new PV Solar Electric System that powers the school’s Center for the Arts (CFTA) building, is Sky Power Solar’s third solar project at Athenian. In 2009, the San Ramon company installed a 21 kilowatt solar system atop the new, multi-purpose Dase Center and provided the school’s solar pool heating system. Athenian now has enough solar electricity to cover approximately 70% of its electrical needs. The solar installations are not just friendly to the environment, they enable the school to control electrical costs.

“We continue to explore ways to lower our energy cost and to extend our efforts in sustainable education,” said Bob Oxenburgh, the school’s Director of Finance and Business Operations. “Sky Power Solar has proven to be an excellent partner, delivering a quality product and responsive customer support. We like the fact that they are a local company and have been around for 11 years.”

In April, Athenian received the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) award for participating in activities that promote an environmentally-friendly learning environment. Nearly 60% of Athenian's hauled waste is recycled content, some 10% is composted, and the school has saved an estimated two million gallons of water annually since installing an all-weather sports field with a recycled infill center.

“We applaud the efforts of The Athenian School in demonstrating a commitment to sustainability,” said Bob Winn, president of Sky Power Solar, which was recently named one of the Top Ten Solar Installers of the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. “They really understand the long-term economics and are setting an example of how to conduct business using minimal resources for their students and the community.”

About The Athenian School
The Athenian School is an independent school that provides an engaging, challenging education on a beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo, in Danville, CA east of San Francisco.
Athenian's philosophy is guided by a strong belief in the promise of young people to shape a better world. Its vibrant educational community offers an outstanding and multifaceted curriculum and also teaches young people to think critically and to approach learning with curiosity and resourcefulness. For more information visit http://www.athenian.org.

About Sky Power Solar
Based in San Ramon, CA, Sky Power Solar has been designing and installing attractive, high- performance solar systems for residential and commercial customers throughout the Tri-Valley since 2001. Sky Power is also a SunPower® Premier Dealer and has been a Diamond Certified PV installer for six consecutive years. For more information visit http://www.skypowersolar.com

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