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10-28-2010, SCHOTT North America

SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. and Consolidated Solar Technologies Inaugurate Photovoltaic Solar Installation at Los Lunas High School

50 kW Installation Made Possible Through Governor Richardson’s Grant Program
Los Lunas High School Solar Array (courtesy LLHS)
Los Lunas High School Solar Array (courtesy LLHS)
October 28, 2010 (Los Lunas, N.M.) — SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. (SCHOTT Solar) and Albuquerque-based Consolidated Solar Technologies (CST) today inaugurated a 50kW photovoltaic (PV) solar power system in the parking lot of Los Lunas High School. The system is one of the first in the state to be funded through a grant system initiated last year by Governor Bill Richardson using funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Students at Los Lunas High School were directly involved in the planning, siting, surveying and calculations necessary to secure the grant money. Their involvement was crucial to the final grant application that ultimately secured the system for their school. The system uses more than 200 Albuquerque-made SCHOTT POLY® solar modules and will yield an energy savings to the school of more than $20,000 annually.

“From the onset of our PV Solar project, Los Lunas Schools was focused on selecting a quality partner and proven solar components.” said Terry Othick, chief operations officer of the Los Lunas School District. “The selection of Consolidated Solar Technologies for the design and construction of our system using SCHOTT solar panels accomplished both of our objectives and supported the goal of job creation within the State of New Mexico.”

The array, chosen by the students to be installed in the parking lot of the school because of its location and visibility from nearby Highway 25, will be integrated into calculus, engineering, physics and other classes using interactive, real-time system monitoring software.

SCHOTT Solar, whose flagship manufacturing facility opened on the south side of Albuquerque in 2009, employs more than 300 local workers and is a growing economic driver of New Mexico’s solar industry ecosystem.

“SCHOTT Solar is committed to growing a strong solar industry in Albuquerque and across the nation with our proven, high-quality modules,” said Tom Hecht, President and Chief Sales Officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. “It is our privilege to partner with CST and work with New Mexico’s schools to support their environmental stewardship. Together we can harness New Mexico’s abundant sunshine to create both clean energy and local jobs.”

The system was installed by Consolidated Solar Technologies, an Albuquerque systems integrator with many years’ experience in electrical design and building for large commercial properties.

“SCHOTT was very responsive to our needs to complete this project within a very limited timeframe,” said Mike Mattioli, managing director of CST. “With their help, Consolidated Solar Tech was able to develop the school’s system and deliver ahead of schedule. Today the system is up and operating, and producing clean renewable energy for Los Lunas High School.”

Los Lunas High School will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school today at 10am MDT.

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