Lawrence Family Development Charter School

Lawrence Family Development, Inc. is dedicated to educating students ages four through adults of all ages in the City of Lawrence. LFD’s charter school has  720 students from early kindergarten through grade eight.

Challenge

The school launched its new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center in the fall of 2015, initiating its exploration into solar energy. Installing solar made sense on a number of levels for LFDCS, being a Non-Profit taking advantage of the PowerOptions program with Solect allowed them to go solar without needing to spend time or money on an RFP while still knowing they were getting an excellent rate on their system.

Solution

The solar array at LFDCS was financed and constructed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solect and PowerOptions. Solect owns and operates the solar array, and sells the power generated back to the nonprofit at a reduced, fixed rate for the duration of the 20-year agreement. PowerOptions Members pay for the power generated from the array at a cost far below their current delivered price.

Results

25% reduction of electricity costs

With three separate arrays installed on campus, Lawrence committed to deploying as much solar energy as possible under the Solect & PowerOptions solar program. The arrays installed with cover a quarter of their campus’ energy demand, while saving them close to $30,000 a year in the process! Their arrays supplement their commitment to sustainability, with active gardens on campus and a program where the school helps to build energy efficient housing in neighborhoods across the city of Lawrence.