Carolina Day School has taken an additional significant step in reducing its carbon footprint and energy costs by expanding the school’s existing solar system this summer. In June, additional solar panels were installed on the Lower School and Nash Athletic Center, expanding Carolina Day’s existing solar system that began with the installation of solar panels on the Upper School two years ago.
Head of school Stephanie Whitney said, “The sunshine splashing onto our school rooftops has, for years, been an untapped resource. It’s now helping us shrink our electricity bills. This summer’s solar system expansion is an exciting improvement to our campus and a visible demonstration of keeping our promise to pursue environmental upgrades that benefit us all.”
The 330-kilowatt solar system, leased by Eagle Solar and Light, will generate more than 430,000-kilowatt hours annually, approximately one-third of Carolina Day’s annual usage. According to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency, the clean energy produced is comparable to 305 metric tons of carbon dioxide or 37 homes' energy use for one year
Cost savings for the school are significant. Carolina Day will realize $300,000 in net present value of savings over the 25-year life of the system, and the school will experience no out-of-pocket costs for the system due to a Duke Energy rebate program.