Cass Technical students will monitor new solar panels through live web-stream

Cass Technical High School on Saturday had new solar panels installed on the school’s roof, which will not only save the school in energy costs but will allow students to learn about solar energy through data that will be streamed live from the panels to a Web site so students can access information in real-time.

The panels were installed through a partnership with DPS, Energy Works Michigan and Motor City Electric. As a participant in the Michigan Renewable Schools Program, Cass Tech is receiving a grant for half of the total cost of the $150,000 project. Energy works helped DPS prepare a grant application for energy projects, including renewable and efficiency.

The high-tech learning environment, which includes the 20 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array, will build on the strong science leadership at Cass Tech and raise awareness about energy usage in the city of Detroit. The roof-mounted system will be overlooked by upper level classrooms.

The carbon reduction over 25 years is expected to amount to 870,800 miles driven on average car or 10,908 days of energy used in an average house. The estimated annual energy saving is $2,794, or $89,492 over 25 years with an annual 2 percent increase.

“This is a very exciting step for the District as we transform schools to more efficient and renewable energy consumption. Energy Works and the resources they bring will help the District reduce its carbon footprint,” said Mark Schrupp, Executive Director, Physical Plant Operations and Capital Improvements.

25 yr Summary of Carbon Reduction (main cause of Global Climate Change)
lbs. of CO2 emissions 797,950 lbs
Miles from the average American car 870,800 miles
Days of electricity usage in an average American house 10,908 days
Hours using a 13-watt energy-efficient CFL light bulb 45,769,460 hours

About Energy Works Michigan
Energy Works Michigan, funded by a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Michigan Public Service Commission, has developed the Michigan Renewable Schools Program. It includes a coordinated set of programs for Michigan public and private K-12 schools designed to demonstrate energy technologies, raise public awareness, and educate the next generation so that they can fully contribute to meeting and exceeding the carbon reduction targets of The 2030 Challenge. These programs include solar power and wind turbine installations at 24 Michigan schools; energy engineering and planning services at 40 schools; curriculum development and teacher training; and partnerships between K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions to make students aware of training and job opportunities in green industries.

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