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New Solar Panels at Saint Anne's Belfield School

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

Saint Anne's Belfield School is continuing its push for sustainability with the installation of new solar panels. Every year the senior class and their families at Saint Anne's Belfield give a gift back to the school. This year the seniors decided on a gift of photo-voltaic solar panels for the convocation center. Head of School David Lourie says, "I think it was just part of the ethic of this class, that they wanted to give back something that would continue to help future generations of Saint Anne's Belfield students."

Almost $80,000 was raised for the solar panels which were installed by a local company, AltEnergy. The panels will not only reduce the school's electricity usage but provide an educational tool for the students. Matthew Dunay, AltEnergy project manager, says, "It brings a lot of attention to these new types of technologies that are creating pollution free avenues for producing electricity."

The solar array will only provide 4 to 7 percent of the total energy needs of the convocation center but there is plenty of room for expansion and addition of more solar panels. Lourie says, "There is a lot more room up there. So we would hope that whether it's through future gifts, or maybe a parent who is interested, or the community that we could provide a significant percent of the electrical needs for the convocation center."

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