Are all schools suitable for solar schools programs?
No. The ability of a particular school to accommodate a solar panel installation depends on a number of factors, including: (a) school property size and topography, (b) school age, (c) school structural configuration, (d) sunlight exposure, (e) energy needs, and (f) projected local development trends.
Before implementing a solar schools program at a particular school, Solar Schools Canada collaborates with participating schools and qualified renewable energy contractors to complete a feasibility assessment confirming that the school is able to accommodate a solar panel installation over the installation’s 25-year lifecycle in light of current and future characteristics of the school and its surrounding environment.
Who installs and maintains the solar panels?
Qualified renewable energy contractors install and maintain the solar panels. After Solar Schools Canada and a participating school secure the funds required to purchase a solar panel installation, the participating school will prepare and release an RFP inviting qualified renewable energy contractors to bid to install the solar panel installation identified by the feasibility assessment as producing the most economic, environmental and educational value.
The participating school will administer the contract selection process and select the contractor to install and maintain the solar panels.
In preparing and releasing the RFP, participating schools are responsible for complying with all public procurement legislation, regulations, and policies that applicable within their jurisdiction.