The Riverside School District in Caraway is running on solar electricity these days.
School officials and solar developer Entegrity of Little Rock “flipped the switch” Wednesday to dedicate a new 739-kilowatt sun array on site at East Elementary school.
The system, projected to save the school system $44,000 a year in utility and energy costs, will provide 95% of the 800-student district’s total electricity consumption.
That’s enough to power 176 homes for a year, Entegrity said in a news release.
“By deciding to build a solar array, we have found a way to reduce facility costs while being good stewards,” Superintendent Jeff Priest said in a statement. “Having this array on school grounds provides students and faculty access to unique learning opportunities,” he said, adding that the project also underlines “the importance of promoting energy efficiency in our community.”
Rick Vance, Entegrity’s regional director, said the array “will allow the school to invest in their facilities, students, and staff for years to come.”