While Sturgis Charter Public School students are toiling away in class, their school will be soaking up rays. This week IGS Solar announced the installation of solar arrays at both of the charter school's East and West Campuses in Hyannis. Ohio-based IGS partnered with New Bedford--based Beaumont Solar to install the arrays on the roofs of the buildings, an IGS Solar release said.
IGS Solar financed, owns and operates the system. The system on the East Campus building at 427 Main Street will generate 136,000 kWh and meet 85% of the power needs each year. The system on the West Campus building at 105 West Main Street will generate 160,000 kWh and meet 52% of the power needs annually.
Sturgis Executive Director Eric Hieser said together the two systems will save the school more than $13,000 each year for 20 years.
"By reducing our carbon footprint and energy costs, Sturgis will be able to allocate the savings for educational programs and provide an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about clean and renewable energy," Hieser said.