NJ school gets 90% of its energy needs from 6.1MW solar farm

Following up on the news about the trend towards smaller solar project, comes this news from New Jersey.    The Lawrenceville School, a centuries-old boarding school in New Jersey, recently began operations of a 6.1 megawatt solar power farm.

The solar farm, which occupies about 30 acres of school owned land, generates about 90% of the school’s annual electricity needs.  It’s believed to be the largest solar energy farm installed at a U.S. primary or secondary school.
The new solar system consists of 29,934 U.S. made SolarWorld panels.   The panels are mounted on single-axis trackers to follow the sun during the day so that more electricity can be produced from sunup to sundown.

New 6.1MW solar farm at The Lawrenceville School
New 6.1MW solar farm at The Lawrenceville School

The Lawrenceville School also plans on using its new solar farm as part of its curriculum.   Head Master Liz Duffy said, “The Lawrenceville School has become a national leader among secondary schools for its commitment to sustainability. We also look forward to the many learning opportunities the Solar Farm will provide to our students and the local community. The School community will have access to a wealth of real-time monitoring information ranging from where the panels are currently positioned, to how much power is being generated, to how much energy a specific campus building is using, and much more. I am excited about the creative ways our teachers and students will use that data to help build a healthier, more sustainable world for future generations.”


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