Sandy Grove Middle School in North Carolina—the nation’s first net-positive, LEED Platinum designed, leased public school—just received four striking solar structures that will produce enough power to power three electric vehicle charging stations on the campus. The structures, made by Spotlight Solar, are 20 feet tall and each incorporate 12 solar panels. These will, in combination with a geothermal system and high-efficiency LED lighting, enable the school to produce 20% more energy than it requires.
The energy-efficient Sandy Grove Middle School was designed in collaboration between First Floor K-12 and SfL+a Architects. Together with Spotlight Solar they built a school which will save $35 million over 40 years. The pioneering school is still under construction and is scheduled for completion by July 30. It will start receiving new students for the 2013-2014 school year.
Spotlight Solar’s structures were designed to make solar power harvesting more attractive and ultimately accelerate its adoption. The four tree-like collectors will contribute around 12 kW to the school’s 590 kilowatt photovoltaic solar system and will power three EV charging stations on the campus.
Sandy Grove is the first of many net-positive schools planned to be built across the country. First Floor development company and Spotlight Solar have teamed up to transform schools into environmentally and financially sustainable facilities that will inspire whole communities to go green.