RPS launches largest solar power system in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Richmond Public Schools celebrated the largest solar power system in a K-12 school division to date.

A press conference was held last Friday with school officials, partner solar companies and Governor Ralph Northam.

“When we look at our future, we know we need to expand our renewable energy sources and reduce our carbon footprint,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said. “I am proud that Richmond Public Schools are leading the way – you are setting a good example for other schools and your students. ”

The solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to cover 24% of the electricity needs of the 10 schools, RPS said. Over the next 20 years, this should save them around $ 2 million in electricity costs.

RPS installed solar energy systems in 10 schools:

  • Broad Rock Elementary School
  • GH Reid Elementary School
  • Huguenot high school
  • JB Fisher Elementary School
  • JH Blackwell Elementary School
  • Linwood Holton High School
  • Lucille M. Brown College
  • MJ Jones Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. College
  • Oak Grove Elementary School

The solar project was funded by the RVA Solar Fund. To learn more about this, Click here.