Led by Jack Daley ’17, Andrew Kaneb ’17, and Michael Armstrong ’17, the students approached CFO and Director of Operations, Jay Bounty and Director of Facilities, Kevin Young, with a proposal for the solar installation. The boys had done all the necessary research including reaching out to the provider of the solar array on the roof of the Jordan Athletic Center, obtaining a quote for the project, securing the necessary permits from the Town of Belmont, and writing a proposal on how to finance the project.
The students presented Mr. Bounty and Mr. Young with two options: The first was to pay the solar company a fixed price per kilowatt hour for the energy produced; the second option was to purchase the solar array directly from the solar company and then pay nothing for the energy generated. After the analysis presented by Jack, Andrew, and Michael, it was determined that it would be more economical for the School to purchase the panels.
Now installed, the power the panels produce will reduce the amount of power the School has to purchase from the Town of Belmont. Belmont Hill is able to further defray the cost of the purchase through solar resource energy credits it can trade on the energy market. The project is expected to have a return on investment of four to six years.
“This project was an awesome experience for us because we were able to cost-effectively reduce the School’s carbon footprint while also learning a lot about solar technology, finance, and environmental policy,” said Jack Daley. “I hope our story can inspire future students to promote solar energy not only on campus, but also in their own homes.”
“As we continue to investigate ways to reduce our carbon footprint, it was very exciting to see a student-led project come to fruition,” said Jay Bounty. “The fact that the Sustainability Club presented such a well-researched plan helped the project become a reality and further increase the energy efficiency of our campus. In fact, we are excited to report that the solar array on the Jordan Athletic Center has just surpassed one million kilowatt hours.”
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