Colorado district goes green with solar power

Jeffco Public Schools began producing renewable energy from their anticipated 3 MW solar project this month, it was announced today by Jonathan Jaffrey, president of Renewable Social Benefit Funds (RSB Funds). The first six 100 kW systems were placed in service on Arvada West High School, Bear Creek High School, Columbine High School, Lakewood High School, Mt. Carbon Elementary School, and the service center of the Education Center. Eventually, the school district will have 30 separate arrays running on facilities around the district.

“We are really pleased to be starting out the New Year 'greener' than the year before. Our schools are educating the next generation and now we are also helping to ensure a healthy environment for them as well,” said Thomas MacDonnell, energy manager of Jeffco Schools.

According to Jaffrey, the school district incurred no out-of-pocket expense and is receiving energy at a discount to its current energy cost.

The solar arrays were financed by RSB Funds. Martifer Solar USA is the general contractor. The arrays were designed by Golden Power Partners, Inc., and roofing company Tecta is putting the systems together on the individual facilities.