North Rockland Central School District energizes 1.3 Megawatt Solar Array

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA), a leading provider of sustainable solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of a groundbreaking project: the installation of a 1.3 megawatt ground-based solar array for North Rockland Central School District.

"We feel really happy working with MSA who steered us through this whole adventure."

Michael Senno, Asst. Superintendent of Business, North Rockland Central School District

This remarkable achievement sets a new benchmark for solar energy adoption in the county and reinforces MSA's commitment to environmental stewardship and renewable energy integration.

By harnessing the power of the sun, North Rockland Central School District will significantly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, making a substantial positive impact on the local environment and reducing the cost of energy for many years to come. This remarkable project represents a step forward in achieving energy independence, reducing carbon emissions and promoting clean energy solutions.

"I really believe that this is going to be an incentive for others to try to generate power and to take a green initiative."

Robert Masiello, Trustee Board of Education, North Rockland Central School District

The project is part of a 15 million dollar Energy Performance Contract that included district wide energy saving improvements including, over 14 thousand led lights, HVAC upgrades, new boilers, cogeneration and 1 MW of solar panels on five existing buildings. This new solar array increases the amount of energy the school district can generate to 2.3 megawatts (MW), over half of the District’s electric use. Energy Performance Contracts allow schools and municipalities to implement millions of dollars of capital improvements at no cost to their taxpayers. The costs of the project are fully paid for by the energy savings over a period of 18 years.

The environmental benefits of this solar array extend beyond reducing carbon emissions. By generating clean electricity, North Rockland Central School District will also reduce its energy costs, freeing up valuable resources to allocate toward educational initiatives and enhancing the learning experience for students. Furthermore, this project will serve as an educational tool, allowing students to understand and appreciate the importance of renewable energy in addressing climate change.

Previously North Rockland Central School District won a Green Award from the Rockland Business Association for their energy saving initiatives. This new project continues their legacy of environmental stewardship and cost effective, sustainable solutions for their infrastructure needs.

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