Western Reserve Local School District sets benchmark and “Goes Solar!”
On July 3, Western Reserve Local School District completed installation of the largest solar electric system on a school building in Mahoning County and one of the largest on a school in the state of Ohio.
As the Western Reserve Local School District looks to the future of our children, it considers not only their education but the environment in which they live and learn in. In 2014 Valley Energy Solar, local solar developer, installer and owner of the project presented the idea to Superintendent Jeff Zatchok. This is an opportunity for the school district to produce their own clean energy, enrich the education of its students and save on energy costs. With the support of the school board and no cost to the school district, Jeff embraced the opportunity to install this clean energy and save money for the school district.
Upon receiving a USDA grant for 25% of the project costs, Valley Energy Solar recently installed a 128.7kW solar electric system on the roof of the administration building. This system consists of 396 solar panels and will produce approximately 137,000 kwh of renewable energy that is immediately consumed by the school. This will reduce the energy cost to the school district thus lowering what it purchases from its current utility provider.
We would like to invite the media and community to a press conference announcing this project, to recognize the efforts of this school district’s administration and how the local support of this project can not only save this school money but benefit our community and state in the years to come. Attending the event will include the Western Reserve Local Schools Administration, Owners of Valley Energy Solar, USDA State Director Tony Logan, Pat Lowry with Congressman Ryan’s office and more.
When: Thursday, July 21,2016 at 11:00am
Where: Western Reserve Local Schools Administration Building located at 13850 Akron-Canfield Rd in Berlin Center. Parking and event will be behind the K-12 complex entering via the Western most entrance to the school on Akron-Canfield Rd.