Solar Power at Crossett Brook Middle School
In 2009 LEAP submitted a grant application on behalf of Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) to the Solar on Schools program created by Senator Bernie Sanders. The grant was awarded to CBMS, and by July 2010 construction was completed on a 14.8 kW solar array on the CBMS roof. The array streams data live on the web, and a video monitor in the school’s entrance shows exactly how much energy is being created at any given time. Data streamed to the web is also being used for a variety of student solar projects. Go to this link to view the live solar data from the array.
In part due to the new solar array, interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency expanded at CBMS. Over time, the school developed an entire Sustainability Program taught by a full-time teacher, Sarah Popowitz, to all CBMS students. We are so proud of the school for having made such a commitment.
With LEAP’s help and encouragement, in mid-2013 the Waterbury/Duxbury School Board signed a lease agreement to have a 157kW solar array built on a hillside beside the CBMS. Construction of this array was completed in December 2013 and Governor Peter Shumlin attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.
CBMS now has more solar capacity than any other school in Vermont! The 14.8 kW solar array on the school roof and the 157 kW solar array on the hillside now generate the equivalent of roughly 40-50% of the school’s electrical needs. CBMS students also created a Solar Walking Tour with various information stations that explain how the school’s solar system works.