Michigan City Area Schools: Solar and LED

Solar and LED Lighting Project

  • $8,875,000

    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

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