US schools have 490 MW of solar capacity, more to come - SEIA
Sep 23, 2014 - Total solar capacity of 490 MW has been installed at 3,752 K-12 schools in the US and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says that up to 72,000 more schools can go solar cost-effectively.
A new study by the association, published last week, shows that the existing photovoltaic (PV) systems at schools in the country generate around 642 GWh annually, which is equal to USD 77.8 million (EUR 60.5m) per year in utility bills. California is the leading state for “solar” schools with a total capacity of 217.64 MW. New Jersey and Arizona occupy the number-two and three positions with 91.4 MW and 66.3 MW, respectively.
SEIA also calculates that 100% of the schools in Hawaii can save money by choosing solar power. For California and Rhode Island that percentage is 99.6%, while in Delaware and Arizona it is 99.1%.
An analysis performed for the report concluded that 450 school districts could each achieve savings of USD 1 million or more over 30 years by installing a solar system, SEIA added.