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All Crane Schools will begin to offer in-person learning starting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Todas las escuelas de Crane comenzarán a ofrecer aprendizaje en persona a partir del martes 22 de septiembre de 2020. 

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Solar Energy Why Solar Panels In our School Parking Lots and Playgrounds

Report from the Arizona Republic
Report: Arizona Schools With Solar Panels Save $9 Million In Electric Costs.

The Arizona Republic (9/22) reports a study from the Solar foundation in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industries Association found that Arizona ranks third in the nation for “photovoltaic capacity in K-12 schools.” The 226 schools in Arizona that are generating power through solar panels are lowering electric bills by a total of $9 million. The schools save only a small amount of money, though since districts do not own the solar panels.

Yuma Sun Reports on Crane Solar Panels on July 10, 2012

Crane Elementary School District schools will be receiving solar power arrays on their campuses in the near future.

The Crane governing board unanimously approved a power purchase agreement with Smart Energy Capital to install solar power arrays at five district schools, pending finalization of locations.

As the agreement currently stands, the solar arrays will be installed at Centennial Middle, Crane Middle, Valley Horizon Elementary, Mesquite Elementary and Gary Knox Elementary schools. The arrays will be installed in the form of covered parking, shade structures and some ground-mounted solar panels.

“Smart Energy is required to provide guaranteed energy savings to the district of $835,000 over the 25-year term of the agreement for the five schools,” stated the agenda item.

Mike Wicks, executive director of management services, added that the arrays are projected to produce at least 85 percent of the schools' electricity needs and are expected to be installed by the spring of 2013.

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:00 am


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