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Cotter Schools is going green and adding a new teaching tool by installing Solar PV on two of its' rooftops. Novel Energy Solutions ("NES") is installing two 40 KW Solar PV Systems on two campus buildings at a zero cost to the school. Cotter will buy the electricity from the PV system at a 25% discount. These systems will produce enough electricity to power more than 11 average homes.
Cotter Schools will provide the roof space on Roger Bacon and Loretto Hall, and purchase the power at the discounted rate, while Novel Energy Solutions will install the systems along with ongoing maintenance and provide all capital for the solar arrays.
In the first 30 years, the system is projected to save over $480,000 over twenty years, with a projected first year savings of $6,100 that will increase with inflation over the years. There will also be a 30 year reduction of carbon emissions of over 2,500 tons. The arrays will also be an educational resource, potentially valuable to science, math, business, and environmental classes for design and remote monitoring of the array's electricity production.
Cotter is proud to partner in this project with Novel Energy Solutions. The CEO of NES is Cliff Kaehler, a 2007 graduate of Cotter. Cliff's parents, Ralph and Mena Kaehler of St. Charles are also partners in the business.