SolarWorld-authorized installer Bombard Renewable Energy of Las Vegas designed and installed the PV system. The project was funded through NV Energy solar rebates and the Federal Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. Bombard Renewable Energy will own, operate and maintain the solar array for five years under a power purchase agreement with the school.
The school began in 2011 with a 100 kW installation on the roof of a classroom and administrative building. However, it went on to install more than 900 kW thereafter. A carport structure was also custom engineered by Bombard Renewable Energy for the school to hold 341 vehicles.
"This project helps reduce our energy costs and provide covered parking for our faculty and students, but more importantly, it allows Faith Lutheran to be among the leaders in clean energy in southern Nevada," said Steve Buuck, Faith Lutherans chief executive officer.
"Although Nevadas massive utility-scale developments often grab the headlines, the state also ranks among the top 10 in the U.S. for commercial solar installation," said Chris Brooks, director of Bombard Renewable Energy. "Faith Lutheran School, with its dual emphasis on a financial and environmental bottom line, is representative of the kinds of businesses and institutions embracing solar in growing numbers across the Silver State."