10/17/2012 -- Parkway’s solar panel project was featured on KMOV, channel 4. The district is the process of installing solar panels on 33 Parkway buildings/schools in the next few months. The 825-kilowatt district-wide system is the largest rooftop solar project in state history.
Click here to watch the KMOV, channel 4 story.
Barretts Elementary was the first school to have the solar panels installed, but in a few months all Parkway schools will be outfitted with 3,267 solar panels. That number is enough to cover more than 30 tennis courts and provide 2.2 percent of the district’s power.
Each school’s solar panel system will be equipped with an online monitoring program that will be accessible via the school Intranet system. Students and teachers will be able to view real-time data on their solar system’s energy production – a potentially powerful teaching tool in classrooms.
With no upfront installation cost, the 33 leased systems are estimated to save the district as much as $14,194 in the first year, and savings could reach more than $1.4 million over the life of the contract. Parkway’s solar energy system will offset 2.2 percent of the district’s total annual electric use. In conjunction with Missouri’s voter-approved Renewable Energy Standard, Ameren Missouri, the district's electric utility, is providing a portion of the incentives necessary to make this program possible.
Also, read a story in West Newsmagazine.
Click here for an infograph. (PDF)