Riverview School outside Glenwood Springs has installed a 340-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will provide a 100-percent electrical offset as the institution looks to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs over at least the next 25 years.
Building sustainable and high-performance facilities are commitments outlined in the district’s facility master plan, according to a press release. Specifically, the plan states: “The Roaring Fork School District intends to design, construct, and operate facilities that are sustainable from an environmental, social/community, and economical basis.”
“This project reflects our commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency,” said Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein in Wednesday’s press release.
The project, located on the hillside directly east of the school, was made possible through grant funding. The district received a $150,000 grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District (GCFMLD) and a $100,000 Randy Udall Energy Pioneer grant from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to support the solar array.
“These grants, combined with the benefit of being accepted into Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program, made this project financially viable, allowing us to focus more dollars in the classroom and less on utilities,” said Shannon Pelland, assistant superintendent and chief financial officer.
The Roaring Fork School District is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.