The Common Cents Solar and the Sidwell Friends School
Common Cents Solar, a non-profit coop located in Bethesda, convinced The Sidwell Friends Lower School that it makes good environmental as well as financial sense to go solar. The Coop organized 25 school parents and other community members to buy solar bonds to pay for a solar panel array that supplies about half of the annual energy requirements of the school’s gymnasium. The investor group will make a small profit over a number of years while the school’s electric bill will be reduced about $4.000.00 annually.
This is the third solar installation at the Sidwell Friends School on its DC and Maryland campuses but the first done as a community investor project. The solar installation has been incorporated into the school’s science curriculum and students can go online to monitor daily and monthly energy production of the rooftop photovoltaics.