Michigan City Area Schools: Solar and LED

Solar and LED Lighting Project


Contract Total

2.83 MW-DC

Total Solar Arrays

Dec 2017

Solar System Energized

Project Description

After a guaranteed energy savings project was recently implemented, Michigan City Area Schools was looking to further reduce their energy costs using solar power and LED lighting upgrades. The District selected Performance Services to implement a second guaranteed energy savings project that will reduce overall electricity consumption at seven buildings by 52 percent, saving the District $704,672 annually. Ground-mounted solar arrays and LED lighting were installed at seven school buildings including three elementary schools, two middle schools, Michigan City High School, and the administration building.

Solar Arrays

  • Seven ground-mount solar arrays 
  • 2.83 megawatts (total arrays)
  • 3,628,000 kWh energy to grid

The Beacher News Article


2018 Governor's Award

Michigan City Area Schools received a 2018 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in the Renewable Energy Category by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The Solar and LED project is the largest for any school district in Indiana and the Midwest to date. The solar arrays provide 2.83 megawatts (dc) of clean, renewable energy and, in combination with the LED lighting upgrades, offset approximately 52 percent of combined electricity usage at these locations, with expected net energy savings of $23 million over 30 years. 

IDEM Press Release



Tony Kuykendall, Business Development Manager

Tony Kuykendall

Business development manager

We are thrilled to be recognized with the Governor's Award. This project has helped us move toward 'greener' and more efficient buildings, and it is being financed through energy savings at no cost to taxpayers. This will benefit Michigan City Area Schools and our community for years to come.
Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins
Superintendent , Michigan City Area Schools