Orcas Montesorri School
In 2013, as it celebrated its 25th year serving local families, the Orcas Montessori School set its sights
on the future and initiated a renewable school project. The project’s multiple goals included improving the overall efficiency of the school facility, reducing both energy costs and greenhouse gas contributions, and engaging the school’s students, families and the broader community in green energy.
Solar Panel System
In September 2013, a 9.2 kilowatt grid-tied solar photovoltaic system was installed at the
school by Artisan Electric. The system is expected to produce over 5,000 kWH of electricity
annually with a projected energy cost savings $500 per year and incentives of $2,000 per year.
Funding for the System
Funding for the solar system was provided by Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s
Solar4RSchools Program, with matching funds from OPALCO and Community Energy
Challenge grants, private donations raised by Orcas Montessori for the project, and the
school’s operating budget.
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