Students attending classes at the East Valley Institute of Technology will benefit from the power of the sun under the Salt River Project’s Solar for Schools program. The EVIT campus is the last of 13 schools in the Valley to receive a 10-kilowatt roof-mounted photovoltaic system.
Other East Valley schools equipped through the program and currently generating solar energy include Red Mountain and Dobson high schools in Mesa, Four Peaks Elementary in Apache Junction, Quartz Hill and Highland Park elementary schools in the Gilbert Unified School District and Perry and Basha high schools in the Chandler Unified School District.
The program was funded by a $2 million federal stimulus grant through the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy. SRP contributed additional funding and trained SRP employees to install the systems. In addition, SRP will provide each of the selected schools materials and training to educate students about solar energy.
According to SRP, the systems will provide a combined 130 kilowatts of electricity to the Arizona school buildings and will produce approximately 308,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. The solar energy production will prevent the release of up to 212 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.