Greenskies Clean Energy has energized seven solar energy systems, a total of 1.39-MW, for the West Milford Board of Education. At no upfront cost to the school district, Greenskies financed the projects which they will own, operate and maintain all seven solar arrays. The West Milford Board of Education will benefit from significant energy cost savings by purchasing the power generated by the solar panels from Greenskies at a discounted rate.
The seven projects are expected to generate approximately 1.5 million kWh of clean, renewable energy annually. The solar panels will supply about 60% of the electricity needs for the individual schools and displace a significant portion of the natural gas and heating oil the district normally purchases. Over the 15-year term, these projects will offset nearly 17,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide-the equivalent of taking around 3,700 cars off the road.
"Greenskies is committed to providing our clients with customized solutions to meet their needs. In this case, the energy bill savings from these solar installations will help pay for nearly $7.3 million in non-solar upgrades for West Milford," said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. "We take pride in helping school systems transition to solar. The financial benefits and decreased carbon emissions represent meaningful progress toward a better, cleaner future for all."
Greenskies partnered with Eznergy Solar Energy Solutions, a New Jersey solar provider who installed the rooftop solar panels at Paradise Knoll Elementary School (131 kW), Apshawa Elementary School (107 kW), Maple Road Elementary School (94 kW), Upper Greenwood Lake School (79 kW), West Milford Schools Transportation Department (28 kW), and West Milford Township High School (711 kW) along with a solar canopy carport in the High School "Senior Lot" located at Macopin Middle School (239 kW).
"Eznergy is proud of the installations for West Milford Public Schools and the Board of Education. We are glad we were able to contribute to the costs savings for the customers Energy Savings Improvement project and allow the schools to obtain clean and green energy with no up-front costs for the solar projects as financed by Greenskies," said James Brown, President of Eznergy.