Education and sustainability go hand-in-hand, as one of our Project of the Winners from 2015 can testify. The Middle School of the Kennebunks in southern Maine believes this as well, recently installing a 6-kW solar system from AllEarth Renewables. This will help offset the electrical bills of Kennebunks public middle school, a school made up of grades 6-8 with over 400 students, faculty, and staff, but science teachers will also be able to access real time information online about the tracking power the system produces. It makes for a cool, hands-on curriculum.
The project was installed by Solar Market & Talmage Solar Engineering, Maine’s oldest solar company, located in Arundel, Me.
“We enjoy working locally with schools like the Middle School of Kennebunks to supply long-term solar energy and educational opportunities for students. It is icing on the cake to be supplying an innovative, New England-made solar tracker for this project, a solar solution that will produce more energy from the sun and give the school greater energy benefits,” said Inoue, owner of Solar Market & grandparent of an MSK student.
The Maine school actually first went solar five years ago with a small solar array located by the entrance to the gym, but the 5.5-kW system was damaged during the winter of 2015. Naoto Inoue, owner of Solar Market, the installer of the new system, and Jeff Rodman, principal of MSK, decided a solar tracking system would better fit the needs of the school.
The project utilized an American-made AllEarth Solar Tracker, which tracks the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production. AllEarth Solar Trackers produce over 30 percent more energy than fix ground-mounted systems and 45 percent more energy than rooftop systems per kilowatt installed, according to the company.
“We are thrilled about this school project for the Kennebunks school, which will provide clean energy to the facility as well as educate a new generation of solar leaders,” added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables. “We commend Solar Market on this exciting project.”
— Solar Builder magazine