AEP Appalachian Power disagrees with the plan for Ameresco to install and own a solar system on Kingsport City Schools buildings and sell power from them to the school system.
The power purchase agreement with Ameresco would have no up-front cost to the system and would save it almost $3 million over 20 years, but the next engineering phase would cost the system $40,000 for engineering costs if the system doesn’t move forward with the plan.
The power purchase agreement would mean Ameresco would own and maintain solar arrays on 12 Kingsport City Schools buildings with a 20-year power costs savings projected at almost $3 million.
Solar panel arrays at 10 Kingsport City Schools buildings and energy-saving LED lighting throughout the school system could be in place by this time next year.
Could Dobyns-Bennett High School have new solar carports to go along with its new Regional Science and Technology Center? It’s too early to say for sure, but that’s one possibility the Board of Education discussed during a work session Tuesday night.
Retired Eastman Chemical Co. engineer David Hrivnak, who powers his home and two vehicles with solar-generated electricity, strongly encouraged city school leaders to proceed with a solar project but also recommended they ask lots of questions.