PV Will Nearly Fully Power Jersey School

New Jersey-based KDC Solar has begun construction on a 6.1-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. The system will consist of nearly 25,000 SolarWorld 245-watt PV panels. Once complete, the system will generate approximately 8,600,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and supply 90 percent of the electric power needs of the school. The project is scheduled to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2012.

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School is located on 700 acres in the historic village of Lawrenceville. The school serves 810 students in grades nine through post-graduate. The Lawerenceville School’s “Green Campus Initiative” takes a holistic approach to campus energy, materials, land and water use, applying methods that promote ecological literacy, sustainability education and involve the broader community outside of the school.


image via J. Fletcher Creamer & Son

“As a school of future leaders, Lawrenceville has the potent opportunity both to be a good steward of our environment and to graduate students who will become good stewards as their lives take shape in societies around the world,” said Wes Brooks, Lawrenceville’s chief financial and chief operating officer.  “This project has the scale to take the School virtually ‘off the grid’ while exposing our students to an example they will want to emulate. We are excited about this project and very pleased to be partnered with KDC.”

KDC Solar is a successor company to Kamine Development, which was established in 1985 to develop, construct, own and operate cogeneration natural gas-fired power plants. Today, KDC Solar has more than 50 MW of solar projects at businesses and institutions in various stages of construction throughout New Jersey, and expects to have more than 12 MW of PV systems in operation by January 2012. The system will be installed by J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, based in Hackensack, N.J.

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Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

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