Burlington County Times, November 27, 2013 Southampton School District Charged Up About Solar Project
By Todd McHale Staff writer
Soon, clear and sunny days will mean savings for the school district. A solar array under construction on the grounds of School No. 2 and School No. 3 is
expected to cut the district’s electricity costs by tens of thousands of dollars every year
for more than a decade. The 554-kilowatt system is projected to save the district $1.05 million in energy costs over a 15-year agreement with Marina Energy and solar provider Ray Angelini Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Marina Energy will own the system and sell the electricity to the school district at a discounted rate. Angelini is responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining the system.
School board President Betty Wright called the solar array a “win
-win situation for
everyone” with the reduction in costs and energy consumption.
“When the system is operational, it will generate approximately 98 percent
of the electricity used in School No. 2 and School No. 3, all without impacting the
environment,” Wright said.
Workers began construction of the project last month on a tract adjacent to the schools and administration building and expect to finish by the end of the year. When completed, the array will have more than 2,100 solar panels, according to Joe Joyce, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ray Angelini.
“That will generate almost all the electricity the schools use,” Joyce said.
Superintendent Michael Harris said the district will save between $65,000 and $70,000 a year.
“That’s significant for a school district this size,” Harris said. “That’s two or three mobile computer labs or a teacher.”
Stephen Poniatowicz of Marina Energy said the company looks forward to the system being turned on and saving the district money.
“Marina is proud to be a partner with Southampton schools to help drive the cost of energy down,” said Poniatowicz, the company’s vice president and chief operating