Veregy is thrilled to announce that one of our recently completed K-12 projects with John Glenn School Corporation in Northern Indiana has won the 2021 Partners for Clean Air Award! The Partners for Clean Air Award is presented annually to an organization based on their voluntary actions that have improvements on air quality. The Veregy Midwest team installed 846 solar panels totaling in a 338.4 kW system at North Liberty Elementary School.
John Glenn School Corporation has recently started putting an emphasis on STEM curriculum and installing a solar farm was a perfect addition to their student’s hands-on education. By installing these energy-saving upgrades, faculty will be able to incorporate the information into their lessons to educate students in the district on the importance and effectiveness of solar energy.
“From a student’s perspective, it’s a whole lot different to see something with your own eyes rather than just reading about it and seeing pictures in a book,” said Randy Romer, principal at North Liberty. “They’re excited about it, but so are the teachers.”
While hands-on education for the students was an important factor in the decision to install the energy saving updates, it certainly was not the only one. Superintendent Chris Winchell understood and put an emphasis on the fact that the project itself will be beneficial to the overall budget while continuing to put money back into the classroom. It is estimated that this project will save the district roughly $148,000 per year in utility costs.
“There are environmental and educational components, but it also allows us to save money and control expenses,” said Judy Miller, energy education specialist for the district. “I believe our payoff is estimated at about five years.”
Check out the video below to see John Glenn School Corporation’s award-winning solar installation. Congratulations Veregy and John Glenn School Corporation!
For more information, check out this article by the South Bend Tribune (IN) below: