Rio Rancho Public Schools of Rio Rancho, New Mexico has announced the completion of two solar arrays, one each at Cleveland and Rio Rancho High Schools; each array is approximately 1,200 kilowatts (kW). The arrays are expected to produce 4,650,000 total kilowatt-hours (kWh), enough electricity to cover roughly 80% of the two high school's annual power usage. Washington Gas Energy Systems owns and operates the arrays under a 20-year power purchase agreement, selling electricity to the school district at a lower rate than what the school district typically pays. The school district plans to redirect the saved funding toward other academic priorities and needs.
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Rio Rancho Public Schools Unveils Solar Arrays Developed in Collaboration with Washington Gas Energy Systems, AMSOLAR and Conergy