The newly constructed Monforton School planned on implementing solar since day one. Having a solar electric system was key to reaching their goals of education, community awareness and a commitment to sustainability. Although budget was tight, the administration was very supportive of the entire project, recognizing that their investment in solar was worth it, as it will pay back by lowering costs and allowing savings to be reinvested in education.
While budget was a concern, Harvest Solar provided grant services to be submitted to the Urbana Sustainability Benefits Program through Northwestern Energy. Their project was awarded a cost-sharing benefit, which made it attainable.
Harvest Solar met with the building designers to complete the electrical aspect of this project while the building was being constructed. Solar has been up and running since the very first day of class at Monforton School. We are excited to see how the school takes advantage of educating students with solar on their property.
With all community school projects, Harvest Solar offers a presentation on “How Solar Works.” We also give direction on how the monitoring platform works, which allows students, faculty, staff and community members to watch how their system is performing in real time.
System Size: 17.25 kW
System Specs: Two 9kW SolarEdge inverters; 66 optimizers, and a SolarEdge Portal Monitoring System
Location: 4 Corners
Install Date: August of 2017