The City of Knoxville and Knoxville Community School District are wrapping up an exciting solar project that could save both a lot on the cost of utilities over the next few decades.
The project has been made possible through a partnership with Red Lion Renewables. The final phase for the school district includes installing a ground-mounted system with 414 solar arrays near Knoxville Middle School.
Arrays have also been installed on the roofs of the KCSD Central Office, Northstar Elementary, West Elementary, Knoxville High School, the district maintenance building, the football stadium, softball field, baseball field and track facility.
“We are excited to take part in this outstanding program that has the potential to save us thousands of dollars each year on energy costs,” said Craig Mobley, KCSD Business Manager. “Over the course of a school year, these costs can really add up. This is a great opportunity for us to reduce expenses and become more environmentally sustainable as an organization.”
The project is expected to save KCSD up to $1 million in utility costs over the next 30 years.
The agreement with Red Lion was formed in August 2018. The project comes at no cost to the district.
At the same time, the city also entered into a similar agreement with Red Lion and has been installing solar arrays at the site of the wastewater treatment plant and a maintenance shop. The $1.6 million dollar project will supply solar power to city hall, the police department, the fire department and library. The city expects to save $380,000 in utility costs over the next 30 years.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to show how environmentally conscious we are as a community,” said Aaron Adams, Knoxville City Manager. “Future generations will benefit from the forward thinking that’s happening today.”