St Andrews’s Episcopal Church

St Andrews wanted to give a visible symbol of its values as a community.  This is a leased system.

50.8kw (159 REC 320 panels)

Year 1 Estimated Savings: $4,257

Duke Rebate: $33,750

Woods Charter School (WCS) is no stranger to being at the top of the class. Founded in 1998, WCS is a K-12 public school ranked in the top ten on many measures of school success in North Carolina. They have created a strong school culture centered on inclusivity, trust, and respect. Now they have sustainability to add to their list. In May 2020, Woods added 276,000 kilowatts of solar panels to their roof. This clean energy system will generate enough electricity to cut their utility bill by 41%. Most importantly, according to the EPA these kilowatt hours are equivalent to the carbon sequestration of 311 acres of U.S. forests for one year or green house gas emissions avoided by recycling 81 tons of waste.

Cotton Bryan, Principal at Woods Charter School said “When you stand atop our school building in the midday sun, the metal roof shines bright and just bakes under the sun’s rays. You don’t even have to be a fan of solar energy to know that there’s a missed opportunity there. We’ve tried for a decade to reach an arrangement that would make sense for us, but we never really gained traction until we partnered with Eagle Solar and Light and its lease program. We now have a system that will put our roof to good use, lower our carbon burden as a school, and save us a whole bunch of money over the life of the panels.”

Eagle Solar & Light installed a ground mounted 176-Kilowatt solar energy system for the Hanceville waste water treatment facility. The Hanceville Water Works and Sewer Board became interested in using a solar energy system to offset their energy usage at the water treatment facility. They petitioned for the project funding by using the State Revolving Fund through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). In conjunction with a state-wide project aiming to reduce energy costs at waste water facilities through the Department of Energy, ADEM, and the Alabama Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs, the Board was granted the funding to proceed with the project. 50-Kilowatts of this system is directed directly back on to the Cullman Co-op grid and the remaining 126-Kilowatts powers the waste water treatment facility.

System Information:

  • Total System Size: 176 Kilowatts
    • Solar Panels: 504 – Silfab, 350 Watt
    • Inverters: 7 – Fronius, 480V
    • Racking: Zilla ground mount custom racking solutions
    • 50 Kilowatts of the system is supplied directly into the Cullman Co-op electrical grid
    • Est. Annual System Production: 253,643 Kilowatt Hours  

Carolina Day School wanted to save money and reduce the carbon footprint of the school.  They have a grid-tied system that is leased.

Size: 107.38

Year 1 Estimated Savings: $11,644

Duke Rebate: $75,000

Anniston, AL
Non-profit
Grid-tied
51.6 kW
Completed February 2018

System Information:

  • Total System Size: 26.1 Kilowatts
  • Panels: 90 – Seraphim, 290 Watt
  • Optimizers: 45 – SolarEdge P-600
  • Inverters: 1 – SolarEdge SE14.4K-US, 1 – SolarEdge SE9.0K-US
  • Mounting: Snap’N’Rack Flush Mount Roof Rail System

Jasper, AL
14.16 kW grid-tied
Non-profit
Completed September 2018

Camp McDowell is a camp and conference center for the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. The camp is also home to the Alabama Folk School, McDowell Environmental Center, and McDowell Farm School. Camp McDowell has planned to take the camp completely off the grid in the future. In efforts to run the farm completely on renewable energy sources, the camp started with multiple solar energy systems that power several parts of the camp.  The five solar energy systems power the Doug Carpenter Hall, Phifer Hall, St. John’s Pool House, The Welcome Center, and The Chapel. 

A cumulative 86.1-Kilowatts has been installed on the camp ground thus far. The savings realized on the monthly power bill for the five buildings will go into a reserve fund that will be used to finance future developments in energy independence at Camp McDowell. According to the camp newsletter, plans under consideration include additional solar panels, hydroelectric generation at the dam on Clear Creek, battery storage and a diesel backup generator.

System Information:

  • Total System Size: 11.8 Kilowatts
  • Panels: 40 – Seraphim, 290 Watt
  • Optimizers: 20 – SolarEdge P-600
  • Inverters: 1 – SolarEdge SE11.4K-US
  • Mounting: Snap’N’Rack Flush Mount Roof Rail System