SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. and Consolidated Solar Technologies Inaugurate Photovoltaic Solar Installation at Moriarty High School
• 50 kW installation will save school around $15,000 a year
• Project created local jobs along the solar value chain from manufacturer to distributor to installer
• System made possible through state grant program
April 20, 2011 (MORIARTY, N.M.) —SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. (SCHOTT Solar) and Albuquerque-based Consolidated Solar Technologies (CST) today inaugurated a 50-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) solar power system at Moriarty High School. The installation was funded through a grant system initiated in 2009 using funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This system marks the fifth installation that CST has performed on New Mexico schools with SCHOTT Solar panels under this grant program.
The ground-mounted system uses more than 200 Albuquerque-made SCHOTT POLY® solar modules and will yield an energy savings of around $15,000 annually. Moriarty High School is one of 15 schools in the state to be selected through the competitive grant process.
“Our new solar array will not only save our school money on electricity costs, but it will become an important learning tool for our students,” said Dr. Karen Couch, Superintendent of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District. “Companies like Consolidated Solar Technologies and SCHOTT Solar are helping to grow a clean energy economy in New Mexico. We hope this project will stimulate interest in our students to become part of our state’s growing solar industry.”
The array 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.
“SCHOTT Solar is devoted to the development of a strong solar industry in New Mexico and across the nation with our proven, high-quality modules,” said Tom Hecht, President and Chief Sales Officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. “Our partnership with CST and Moriarty High School is a great example of how solar can enrich local education, create local jobs and bring energy savings to communities. Together, we have harnessed New Mexico’s abundant sunshine and created truly domestic energy.”
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 is a valuable partner to us not only for the high-quality panels they produce in Albuquerque, but their responsiveness to our needs,” said Mike Mattioli, managing director of CST. “With their help, Consolidated Solar Tech was able to develop this system and deliver ahead of schedule. The result is a system that is producing clean renewable energy for Moriarty High School.”