FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/14/20
Woods Charter School
Chatham County, North Carolina (5/14/20): Woods Charter School (WCS) is no stranger to being at the top of the class. Founded in 1998, 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.”
Scott Alexander, Managing Director for Eagle Solar and Light commented “I was confident that Woods Charter School would find our lease program an attractive financial scenario, and when coupled with and the NC Solar Rebate it significantly reduced the upfront cost of solar. Both of our organizations have similar values with a focus on people and the planet. It has been great to work with Woods Charter – a dynamic and thoughtful team that exemplify what’s unique about our community in the Triangle.” Scott continued.
The demand for commercial solar continues to rise across North Carolina as both a hedge against rising costs of conventional energy and as demonstration of a commitment to environmental sustainability.
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