Altamont School flips the switch on new solar array as energy saver, learning tool

As reported by Dennis Pillion on AL.com on March 8, 2017:

The Altamont School in Birmingham flipped the switch Wednesday on a new, 14.7 kilowatt solar power system that it expects will provide about 20 percent of the school’s daytime electricity, according to installer Sam Yates of Eagle Solar and Light.

The system, located on a south-facing hill overlooking the school’s soccer fields, has a 25 year warranty, will also include a learning kiosk in the school to show the real-time performance of the system and the school’s overall energy use, providing an educational component to the system.

“The new solar array will not only help us reduce our monthly consumption of power, it will also provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students,” Sarah Whiteside, Head of School, said in a news release. “Altamont’s global initiative theme for this academic year is ‘Energy Resources and Climate Change.’

“The solar array is one more way we can express that theme and incorporate environmental stewardship into the culture, and practices, of our school.” (more…)

Birmingham Business Journal promotes Birmingham’s First Solar School

Reported by Birmingham Business Journal on February 24, 2017

The Altamont School has made the switch to solar power. Eagle Solar & Light finished installing a 14.7 kW ground-mounted solar system last week that offers a 3 Phase, 208V utility service.

Sam Yates, president of Eagle Solar & Light, said the school’s system is estimated to generate 22,110 kilowatt hours a year, which will save thousands of dollars on electric bills. (more…)

Southeast Green promotes Birmingham’s First Solar Powered School

As reported by Southeast Green on February 23, 2017
Eagle Solar & Light of Birmingham, Alabama announces its latest solar installation at The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Road South, Birmingham, Alabama. Construction began February 6th, on the 14.7 kW ground mounted Solar System, and was completed last week with the final electrical interconnect to the 3 Phase, 208V utility service.

“The new solar arrays will not only help us reduce our monthly consumption of power, they will also provide (more…)