Hebron Academy officially “flipped the switch” on its solar power grid last Friday. In partnership with Revision Energy, the school has installed 970 solar electric panels on the rooftop of the athletic center that will generate more than 300,000 kilowatt hours of emission-free electricity annually while eliminating more than 280,000 pounds of carbon pollution from regional fossil fuel power plants every year. Over the 40-year expected lifespan of the solar panels, Hebron's array will prevent more than 10 million pounds of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere.
“Hebron Academy's solar project and its leadership on the clean energy transition are powerful examples of renewable energy's tremendous potential to create jobs, reduce energy costs and protect the pristine natural environment of Maine for present and future generations,” said Phil Coupe, Co-Founder of Revision Energy. “Hebron is now the rooftop solar leader in Maine and we at ReVision Energy look forward to building the next solar projects that will eventually make the Academy one of the first net zero schools in New England.”
Hebron has continually been reducing its carbon footprint for quite some time. The Athletic Center on which the solar array sits was constructed with the most efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems available. Across campus, multiple initiatives – LED lighting, state of the art heating plants, environmental sustainability projects and more – are now commonplace and ingrained into how Hebron responsibly consumes energy. "This latest project is a giant step forward, providing roughly a quarter of the Academy's electricity,” said Paul S. Goodof, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We're immensely grateful to our partners in the array, ReVision Energy. Phil Coupe and his team have been incredibly helpful, and we look forward to doing more with them in the future."
The Hebron Academy Board of Trustees was on hand for the ceremony. Also in attendance was Phil Coupe, ReVision Energy and other representatives of the company. Hebron was awarded a Clean Energy Leadership Award for its investment in this system.
Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.