Illinois Solar School at Alexander Grade School by Glen Kizer

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) funded a 1 kW solar electricity system at the Alexander Grade School in Alexander, Illinois.

The school is one of those classic buildings that driving by and seeing all of the brick might cause someone to call it an “old” building.  And it is an older school building but it is a classic because it has huge windows in every classroom allowing in tons of natural light and beautiful woodwork and a fantastic gym.  But it is one of the cleanest schools I have ever seen and the security is tight.  For an old building, there are fantastic locking mechanisms on every door and a security camera alerting the office if anyone is on school grounds that is not supposed to be there.  It reminds me of the school I attended for my elementary school many years ago.

Alexander Grade

Alexander Grade

Alexander Grade

Alexander Grade

The installation was done by SunAir Systems by Dave Merrill and includes 6 Suntech 170 watt PV panels and a Solectria inverter.  The data can be read by going to IllinoisSolarSchools.org.

Andrew Stremlau is the principal and the primary contact for the school and his e mail can be found at the school page above.

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