Glen Ellyn, IL. Glenbard Township High School District 87 has announced completion of its rooftop solar energy project at Glenbard East High School. The 1.17 megawatt (dc) solar project includes more than 2,900 solar panels. The solar array is expected to generate 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually: equivalent to powering 116 homes and avoiding more than 1,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. In addition, the project is expected to receive $1.1 million in rebates and incentives. Construction commenced in May and began generating power in November.

“We are excited about the completion of our solar project at Glenbard East,” said Glenbard District 87 Superintendent David Larson. “The project went extremely well, on-time and on budget.  This clean energy solution will provide a wonderful learning experience for our students and deliver savings to our district.”

“We are pleased to provide a renewable energy solution that delivers strong financial and environmental benefits to Glenbard and the community,” said Bob Wede, business development manager at Performance Services. “In addition to these benefits, the project is complemented by a solar curriculum program delivered through our partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, which will enable teachers and students to study and learn from their very own solar system,” Wede added.

The solar energy initiative was part of a guaranteed energy savings contract that included a variety of infrastructure improvements at Glenbard District 87’s four high schools. These improvements included upgrades to HVAC systems, lighting, building automation controls, roofing systems, and restrooms.

Glenbard Township High School District 87 is the third largest high school district in Illinois, serving approximately 8,000 students across four high schools. The District is nationally recognized for academic excellence.