How much do solar schools programs cost?
The primary costs of implementing a solar schools program are the costs of purchasing and installing the solar panels. Costs will vary depending on the size of the solar panel installation, as well as site-specific factors, including (a) racking technology, (b) the necessity of building and electrical upgrades, (c) the necessity or extent of supplementary engineering design and consulting services, among others.
The capital costs of a 15 kilowatt capacity solar panel installation are estimated to be approximately $75,000.00.
The capital costs of a 50 kilowatt capacity solar panel installation are estimated to be approximately $183,000.00.
Who pays for solar schools programs?
Individuals, organizations, businesses and government pay for solar schools programs, specifically, the initial capital costs of school-based solar panels, through voluntary contributions to Solar Schools Canada or participating schools.
Participating schools pay the ongoing maintenance and operations expenses associated with the solar panels out of the cost savings generated by the panels.
Do solar schools programs compete with other types of educational programming for public funding?
No. Private contributors provide the majority of funding for solar schools programs. Therefore, solar schools programs do not compete with other types of educational programming for public funding.
Rather, because solar schools programs assist public schools to reduce operating costs, they can allow participating schools to devote less financial resources to operations and more financial resources to educational programming.