Location: Kane County, Illinois
Topic: Decarbonization, Sustainability, Efficiency, Energy Services, Financial Solutions, Solar,
Reduce energy costs and increase sustainability through solar energy generation
- Installed 1.89MW Solar PV systems across four school buildings within the district
- Used a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to fund the project without needing costly up-front capital investment
- Benefited from local, state, and Federal tax credits, rebates, and incentives
- Reduced electrical consumption, demand, and costs
- In total, since project completion just over a year ago, has saved 3.175GWh, which is equivalent to:
- Removing over 240,000 miles driven by fuel-powered vehicles
- Planting approximately 140 acres of clean air-producing trees
- Reduced facility carbon footprint, increased renewable energy portfolio
Kaneland Community Unit School District Creates More Sustainable Operations through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Trane
Comprised of 140 square miles and 11 zip codes throughout Kane County, Illinois, Kaneland Community Unit School District was formed to consolidate rural school districts into larger, modern entities.
As environmentally conscious stewards of taxpayer funding, school district leaders wanted to find opportunities to help to cut energy use and reduce costs while making facility operations more sustainable. Any project requiring major capital spending wasn’t an option, making the kind of renewable energy solutions the district desired cost prohibitive through traditional funding methods.