Ameresco builds solar canopy for California outdoor learning center

Ameresco announced the completion of a solar PV installation at the Montecito Union School District (MUSD) Nature Lab “Collaboratory”. The Nature Lab, an outdoor learning environment, was conceived, designed and developed as a space for MUSD students to explore and explore science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities in a holistic and practical way. to experience.

The solar panel installation includes more than 450 panels that will generate more than 300,000 kWh/year of energy and offset 97% of the facility’s annual energy consumption. The project is funded by the Montecito Union School Foundation (MUSF), which was established in 2018 as a result of the combination of the MUSD PTA and the Montecito Education Foundation (MEF). The project aligns with the MUSF’s mission to enhance academic, athletic, and arts programs, enrich the student experience with technology, curriculum, and improved classroom resources, and elevate their teachers through professional development and continuing education.

“What started as an environmental management project has grown into a business that also promotes our fiscal responsibility. Plus, we have a beautiful shadow structure that has become our Collaboratory—a place where students can explore, create amazing art, mess with science, and more,” said Anthony Ranii, Superintendent of Montecito Union School District. “The Ameresco Team was a pleasure to work with, and I felt they were a real partner in the whole Nature Lab, not just the solar structure, Ameresco has made it easy for us to be eco-friendly, save money and provide an incredible learning space for to create our students.”

Construction began in September 2021 and was completed to receive clearance to operate from Southern California Edison (SCE) in October 2021.

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