The Hill School in Middleburg officially dedicated its new solar field on Wednesday. The 127.8kW DC system, designed and installed by Sigora Solar, provides a third of the school’s energy needs.
The field is built into the hillside field behind the building on a south-facing sloping meadow, and there are solar panels on the roof of the school gymnasium as well.
The solar field has produced the environmental impact of planting 3,250 trees or saving over 120,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, according to Treavor Lord, head of school.
During the ceremony on Wednesday, Lord thanked the families who donated funds to the project, which spanned more than four years.
The solar energy system leverages the Virginia net metering law, a utility billing mechanism that enables residential and commercial utility customers to receive a one-for-one credit for all energy generated by their solar system up to 100 percent of the previous years’ consumption.
Students in the school’s seventh and eighth grade science and math programs have already used the solar field as a catalyst to create a 3D model of the system. The students will analyze the system, and the school will evaluate whether to expand with more panels, to perhaps one day power the entire campus through renewable energy.