New Jersey School Offsets 90 Percent of Energy Use with 6.1 MW of SolarWorld …

May 5th, 201210:36 am @


HILLSBORO, Ore.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The bucolic campus of the Lawrenceville School, a centuries-old boarding
school in Lawrenceville, N.J., is home to 6.1 megawatts of high-performance
solar panels
from SolarWorld,
the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The
sprawling photovoltaic system, ground-mounted on 30 acres of
school-owned farm land, is believed to be the largest installed at a
U.S. primary or secondary school. It will generate enough electricity to
offset 90 percent of the high school’s annual power needs and provide a
centerpiece to the school’s holistic approach to environmental

“The Lawrenceville School has become a national leader among secondary
schools for its commitment to sustainability. We also look forward to
the many learning opportunities the Solar Farm will provide to our
students and the local community”

The system features 24,934 SolarWorld solar panels, manufactured at the
company’s U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore., and mounted on
single-axis trackers to maximize energy production. The array is
designed to produce approximately 9,264,000 kilowatt hours of solar
electricity each year, enough to power the equivalent of more than 800
typical American homes, and to offset 6,388 metric tons of carbon
dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of taking 1,253 cars off the
road. The Lawrenceville School solar farm is also home to nearly 900,000
resident honey bees, nourished by a special wildflower mixture planted
among and around the solar panels.

The project was developed by TurtleEnergy of Linden, N.J., (formerly a
subsidiary of Turtle and Hughes, Inc.). It was purchased in 2011 by KDC
Solar of Bedminster, N.J., which completed the development and
constructed the project. KDC Solar leased the land for the project from
the school and owns and maintains all of the solar equipment. Through a
power purchase agreement, the Lawrenceville School will buy electricity
produced by the array over the next two decades.

“A solar installation of this magnitude serves as an inspirational
reminder to the Lawrenceville School’s students and the surrounding
community that we have the technology and ingenuity to solve our
planet’s most pressing environmental challenges,” said Kevin Kilkelly,
president of SolarWorld Americas. “By securing the school’s energy rates
for years to come, the system represents a sound financial investment as

Today, Lawrenceville students, alumni, faculty and staff celebrate the
system’s completion with a dedication ceremony and tour. The solar farm
is a pivotal element of the school’s Green Campus Initiative, a holistic
approach to sustainability that focuses on campus energy, materials,
land and water use, applying methods that promote ecological literacy
and involve the community outside of the school.

“The Lawrenceville School has become a national leader among secondary
schools for its commitment to sustainability. We also look forward to
the many learning opportunities the Solar Farm will provide to our
students and the local community,” said Head Master Liz Duffy. “The
School community will have access to a wealth of real-time monitoring
information ranging from where the panels are currently positioned, to
how much power is being generated, to how much energy a specific campus
building is using, and much more. I am excited about the creative ways
our teachers and students will use that data to help build a healthier,
more sustainable world for future generations,” she said.

A high-resolution photo is available on the SolarWorld

About SolarWorld (

SolarWorld (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering
brand-name, high-quality, crystalline silicon solar-power technology.
The company’s strength is its fully integrated solar production. From
silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and panels all the way
to turn-key solar systems of all sizes, the group combines all stages of
the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling
high-quality panels into the installation and distribution trades and
wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are
located in Bonn, Germany, with sales sites in Singapore, South Africa,
Spain, France as well as in the U.S. state of California. The group’s
largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany, and
Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Sustainability is the basis of
the group strategy. Under the name Solar2World, the group supports
community aid projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in
developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development.
Worldwide, SolarWorld employs about 3,300 people. SolarWorld AG has been
quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among
others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the sustainability index NAI.

About The Lawrenceville School (

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive,
coeducational program for more than 800 students, grades nine through
post-graduate, who come from 29 states and 35 countries. The School is
located on 700 acres in the historic village of Lawrenceville, N.J.

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