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New school has 81kw, 213-panel solar system

Warm Springs K-8 Academy


In compliance with a state mandate, Jefferson County School District 509-J has installed a solar system on the new Warm Springs K-8 Academy.

Since 2007, Oregon state law has required that public entities spend 1.5 percent of the contract price of a public building on green energy technology. Sunlight Solar Energy, of Bend, installed the 213-panel, 58.565 kilowatt solar system, which is expected to generate over 81 kilowatt hours of energy to power the school. Annually, the solar system is expected to save the school $4,000.

This is Sunlight Solar's first project with the school district, and their second project working with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The first project was completed in 2010 on the Warm Springs Media Center building which houses the local radio station KWSO and newspaper Spilyay Tymoo.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Jefferson County School District in order to expand renewable energy sources in the community,” said Paul Israel, president of Sunlight Solar Energy.

The school district is pleased to have access to a renewable energy source and is planning to incorporate the function of the panels into the curriculum.

About Sunlight Solar Energy

Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. is a 25-year-old company, specializing in the installation of residential and commercial solar panel systems, headquartered in Bend. The company is dedicated to educating their customers and empowering them to make intelligent buying decisions.

For more information regarding Sunlight Solar Energy Inc., visit their website at www.sunlightsolar.com or call 541-322-1910.



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