Portland Schools Aim to Catch Rays

May 16, 2009

Project brings the power of the sun to nine public schools

Under an agreement between Portland Public Schools and Gerding Edlen Development, the school district will receive enough solar panels to produce 883,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

In the Daily Journal of Commerce, Sam Bennet reports that savings are estimated at “$1.1 million in utility costs in the following 15 years” after the panels are installed.

“Sylvester said the economy of scale achieved by grouping nine roofs in one contract helped make the deal with Gerding Edlen possible. Gerding Edlen is the lead agency in the contract with the school and will be working with Northwest Solar Solutions and Snyder Roofing.”

“Christina Skellenger, a project manager with Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions, said the project is an opportunity for her company to work on a project to install solar panels on schools’ roofs, but also to perform project management.”

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