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Greenskies is building a solar portfolio of 7 projects in a school district in New Jersey

Participation

Piscataway Township Schools has partnered with Greenskies Clean Focus, a renewable energy solutions provider, to install 1.67 MW of rooftop solar PV in New Jersey. Greenskies has installed over 3,700 photovoltaic (PV) panels in seven schools and the district’s administration building.

The seven arrays installed in this portfolio are:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School (243 kW)
  • Grandview Elementary School (266.4 kW)
  • Knollwood Primary School (189.9 kW)
  • Arbor High School (54 kW)
  • ML King High School (271.35 kW)
  • Junior High School T. Schora (270 kW)
  • Piscataway High School (221.4 kW)
  • Administration building (151.2 kW)

Greenskies financed the projects at no upfront cost for Piscataway Township schools under a 15-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA). This agreement allows the district to purchase the electricity generated at a fixed rate and outsource operation and maintenance costs to Greenskie for a specified period of time.

Source: Greenskies Clean Focus

“Greenskies is proud to partner with Piscataway Township Schools in their commitment to renewable energy and sustainability,” said Stanley Chin, president and CEO of Greenskie. “The installation of this portfolio of solar products is a significant step towards their goals and we are excited to play a role in reducing their carbon footprint. This initiative exemplifies the positive impact organizations can have on the environment and their communities through clean energy solutions.

Solar energy is a key component of Piscataway Township Schools’ Energy Conservation Improvement Plan (ESIP). In addition to solar panels, Piscataway schools have installed more efficient heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, motion sensor light switches and better insulated windows and doors through ESIP. The district anticipates the improvements will generate $18 million in savings over 18 years, which will be used to pay for the upgrades.

“It has been 15 years since we started installing solar panels in our schools; we really got ahead of the curve,” said David Oliveira, business administrator and secretary of the Piscataway Township Schools board. “We have added many solar panels over the years, and Greenskies has become a key partner in this effort. I would also like to thank our board of education for their commitment to using less energy and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The federal Energy Star program has recognized Piscataway City Schools for improving energy efficiency for two years in a row. In 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized four Piscataway schools as Energy Star certified buildings. Then in 2023, all 10 district-owned school buildings became Energy Star certified – more than any other school district in New Jersey.

On average, Energy Star-certified buildings and facilities use 35% less energy, produce 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers.

“This is an incredible achievement for our district,” said Superintendent Frank Ranelli. “It is also a tribute to the years of hard work that our Education and Governance Board has put into making our buildings more energy efficient, and to the continued contribution of all our staff in making energy savings a priority. We are committed to protecting the environment and public health while saving on utility costs.”

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