DaVinci Academy gets solar panels with help from Rocky Mountain Power grant

Thursday , August 10, 2017 - 12:01 PM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The DaVinci Academy of Science and Arts is turning to solar power.

A $163,800 grant from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program helped the school install solar panels that will generate about 14 percent of the power the school uses annually.

Executive Administrator Fred Donaldson said the idea has been in the works for roughly four years. The school also put $5,000 into installing the panels.

“It’s going to be in the curriculum,” Donaldson said. “They’re going to learn about energy and saving energy, how alternative energy works and how Rocky Mountain Power does this.”

Two solar arrays, one with 108 solar panels and another with 102, were installed on top of the DaVinci Academy secondary school roof. The school is responsible for continued maintenance and repairs.

The solar array was turned on about two weeks ago and has already generated enough power to fully charge 1.5 million cell phones, Donaldson said.

The school also has an educational website showing its solar energy output, use and environmental footprint. 

The Blue Sky program lets Rocky Mountain Power customers buy renewable energy, which the company then gives back to “help develop small-scale renewable projects,” according to the website.

Tiffany Erickson of Rocky Mountain Power said 11 K-12 schools and 15 colleges and universities have been recipients of Blue Sky grants in Utah.  

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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