Today, I received a phone call from the PVUSD (Paradise Valley Unified School District) informing my family and I of the changes occurring at the local elementary school, Sonoran Sky Elementary. My mother works there and as I was listening to the recorded message, I heard something of interest: the school was investing in a solar panel project that is set to be completed this summer. APS Schools and Government Renewable Energy Incentive Program informed the school and it is one of nine elementary schools selected to receive the solar mounted panels. The panels will be located in the back of the school over the pick up lane and panels will be placed on the roof on the back side of the school building. The District does not have any out of pocket expensive for these solar projects.
Although the news update is a month old, the call confirmed that the project is set to be completed before the fall school year begins. This is really exciting news! It will cut down on energy costs and save the schools a lot of money, which will help them with other related expenses. My mother also told me a story about how the custodian at the school turned off half of the lights in the cafeteria to save energy. I am happy to see that there are local changes taking place and it makes me think of how many other projects can be put into place to help out the education system.