Ridge Academy broke ground on their newest renewable energy installation. The solar array is an 18-kW system mounted on a car parking canopy. The 20-ft by 70-ft canopy provides shade for six cars and features an electric car charging station.
Lake Ridge Academy President Carol Klimas welcomed the opportunity to work together with Cleveland-based Solar Action LLC on the company’s second solar project on the school’s campus. The solar canopy structure follows the 400-ft, 105-kW solar array the school had installed in 2011 as part of Lake Ridge Academy’s environmental education program and commitment to sustainability.
Solar Action LLC will own and operate the system selling Lake Ridge Academy all of the solar generated power for a rate that will be less than standard utility rates. Cleveland-based Bold Alternatives designed and is installing the solar array in time for the school’s 50th anniversary celebration in early September. Bold Alternatives is a NABCEP certified solar PV professional installer located in Cleveland and is a veteran owned small business.
“We are very pleased to bring additional solar to Lake Ridge Academy,” said Rob Martens, President of Bold Alternatives.
The array features 72 250-watt solar modules that have a life expectancy of more than 30 years.
— Solar Builder magazine