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Queens Creek Elementary Unveils its Solar System

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For over two years Queens Creek Elementary has been taking all the steps necessary to obtain an educational solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and they were proud to announce its completion at a special ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, October 2, 2017.

Earning the highest honor in the state, the title NC Green School of Excellence, the school has made its vision, mission and purpose one that reflects their commitment to curriculum through the international green theme.  A team of elementary students urged Principal Elaine Justice to apply for a grant through NC GreenPower when it introduced a new pilot program to support solar PV installations at K-12 schools.  Those students moved on to middle school, but were present for the ceremony.

Queens Creek reached out to the Onslow community to help them raise the $10,000 in matching funds they needed to obtain the grant.  QCE is the eighth school since the pilot’s inception in 2015 to receive the system and will be the second school in Eastern NC to use solar power.

The 5kW pole-mounted system with its monitoring equipment, weather station and curriculum will serve as a complete educational package for students as well as produce around 6,570 kilowatt hours each year with a potential cost savings to the school of $657 annually.  It will also feed green power back to the electric grid for Jones-Onslow EMC.

“We are so excited to be bringing this wonderful opportunity to our school, community, and students,” said Justice.  “Not only will we be modeling good stewardship, but our students will also use the solar array to enhance their math and science curriculum.” 

The SECU Foundation awarded a grant to increase from a 3kW to a 5kW solar array system.  Jones-Onslow and Cypress Creek Renewables has been among the partners in the project.

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