Franklin Co. Community School Board Approves Solar Power System

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Franklin County Schools is the first public school district to adopt Solar-as-a-Service.

(Brookville, Ind.) – The Franklin County Community School Corporation is the first public school district in Indiana to adopt Solar-as-a-Service.

The FCCSC School Board last month unanimously approved an agreement with Carmel-based Sun FundED to develop, fund and maintain solar power systems for the district’s high school and middle school.

The project is expected to reduce energy costs by approximately $5 million over the next 30 years.

Based on the two buildings selected, first-year savings could reach $20,000. Duke Energy has already approved interconnection applications for the FCCSC and construction is expected to begin in fall 2022.

Once installed, the project would represent 869 KW distributed over two solar fields on unused land belonging to the district, which would offset the electricity consumption of the high school and the middle school.

“Typically, a project of this magnitude would require a school corporation to issue a bond and raise taxes on community members. Solar-as-a-service’ offers the school corporation the opportunity to bring energy savings to every school, with no capital outlay by the district, no debt, and no burden on our community,” Chavis said.

Chavis added that the ability to save energy and reduce annual costs will significantly affect the operating fund’s bottom line.

“We are thrilled to engage with FCCSC as the first mainstream public school to adopt Solar-as-aService in Indiana,” Poer said. “We also made history by signing Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University, and Indianapolis Public Schools, which represent the most solar power for all colleges and districts. Indiana Public Schools, and including all of these schools in our portfolio. with the FCCSC will be by far the biggest investment a company has ever made in education for any solar energy adopter, ever!”

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