Last Friday, in a press conference with Governor Ralph Northam, school officials, and partner solar companies, RPS celebrated the largest solar energy system at a K-12 school division in Virginia to date. With a total capacity of 2.9 megawatts installed on 10 campuses across the division, the schools’ solar panels will produce enough electricity to cover 24 percent of the ten campuses’ electricity needs and will save RPS approximately $2 million in utility power costs over the next 20 years.

“When we look at our future, we know that we need to develop our renewable energy sources and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “I’m proud of Richmond Public Schools for leading the way—you are setting a great example for other schools, and for your students.”

The solar panel project was funded by a generous grant from the RVA Solar Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, developed by Secure Futures Solar and is owned by Standard Solar.