Solar panels installed at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School will provide the school with clean power and educate students in renewable energy.
The school completed installation of an 82-panel array that will provide the school with up to 27,100 kilowatts of electricity per year, or about 10 percent of the building’s usage. St. Anthony’s will save about $2,700 per year and avoid the production of more than 19 tons of carbon dioxide.
The system was paid for through a $34,000 grant from the Palmetto Alliance for Clean Energy and a $20,500 rebate from Duke Energy-Carolinas. PaCE is a collaboration of Duke Energy- Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, South Carolina Electric & Gas, and the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff’s Energy Office. St. Anthony’s grant was one of the final two PaCE grants awarded. It was the only school in the Upstate to get one of the final 24 grants.
The solar system was constructed so it can be expanded in the future. But its main purpose is education. Students will have access to online monitoring. A curriculum serving all grade levels will be developed using up-to-date library books, texts, and renewable energy websites.
Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions designed and installed the system.
The school also has a recycling program through an agreement with Greenville County Waste Management. Last year, students participated in an anti-litter program funded through a Palmetto Pride grant.