Sigora Solar companions with Virginia county to put in solar at 7 faculties
Sigora Solar, a Virginia residential and commercial solar company, announced a partnership with Isle of Wight County Schools to install solar systems at seven county schools. This makes them one of the first in the region to switch to clean, reliable energy while saving money and providing educational opportunities for students.
The PPA includes little to no upfront costs for the county. The solar panels are expected to produce an estimated 4,252 MWh of clean energy for the area, which is enough to meet 44% of the combined energy needs of the seven schools. Construction work will begin in January 2021 and is expected to be completed in autumn 2021.
In addition, the money saved through the PPA is reinvested through much-needed projects such as purchasing additional laptops and accessories for students, supporting sports teams and after-school programs, and providing field trips and other learning experiences.
“This agreement is unique and allows schools to buy electricity at a cheaper price,” said Julie Ungerleider, COO of Sigora. “The Isle of Wight County Schools are primarily concerned with the commitment and happiness of the students. Our PPA opens new doors by allowing the school to distribute the cost savings from solar power to supporting student success. “
The Isle of Wight Schools solar project was made possible by laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly last session. Local lawmakers Sen. Louise Lucas and Delegate Rosalyn Tyler voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act. Senator Tommy Norment, Senator John Cosgrove, and Delegate Emily Brewer are also strong supporters of the Isle of Wight County Schools.
“Sigora presented a plan that was extremely beneficial for our department, cost-effective and aligned with our vision of helping the environment, saving money and providing our students with a great educational experience,” says Department Head Dr. Jim Thornton. “We selected Sigora for her track record, her commitment to clean energy and her commitment to education. It’s a perfect partnership. “
When selecting an installer, Isle of Wight wanted a partner who matched the enthusiasm and desire of schools to empower their students to be part of positive change.
“Our school district does research to make sure they find a reputable company that does the best,” said Matt Johnson, director of Smithfield Middle School.
Over the past three years, Sigora Solar’s commercial sector has doubled its installation capacity and is expected to do so again in 2021 due to major public projects such as the Isle of Wight County Schools.
“I think the Isle of Wight County Schools have recognized a seasoned solar company that sees this not just as another project, but rather as a partnership and relationship where we can help them achieve their goals by adding ours Industry uses our knowledge and experience within the company, ”said Ungerleider.
According to Johnson, the project is a “win-win” situation for the county. “Financially, you save energy costs that go straight back to class for the children,” he said. The principals of the participating schools in the region also see the installation as a unique opportunity for the students to learn about new technologies and to take part in the fight against climate change. “We’re all about deeper learning and those lifelong experiences for children,” continued Johnson. “We want to do something different in the Isle of Wight County Schools.”
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