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HRHS Dedicates Solar Panels

HRHS Dedicates Solar Panels 09/23/2019
Hickory Ridge High School held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 13th to dedicate the solar panels it received in a grant from Duke Energy and NCGreenPower’s Schools Going Solar program.
Through the grant, a 5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system has been installed on the campus.  Hickory Ridge was one of seven high schools across the state to receive a free system worth approximately $40,000.
Hickory Ridge’s Drafting & Engineering Teacher Cary Gluf wrote the successful grant and helped coordinate the planning and construction of the system with Cabarrus County Schools Facilities and RedGroup NC.
The system went operational in December 2018 and has generated more than 5,600 kilowatt hours of electricity and avoided the addition of more than 4 metric tons of CO2 to our atmosphere. That’s enough electricity to power an average house for about 200 days! It will continue to lower school’s power bill for many years to come. The panels are located in front of the football stadium.
NCGreenPower, a Raleigh-based non-profit, runs the grant program and also provides monitoring equipment, training and curriculum to students and teachers. The equipment is available to all Hickory Ridge teachers to use to enhance learning in the classroom.
Duke Energy is one of the nation's leading developers of renewable energy and has invested more than $5 billion in wind and solar projects. The company owns and operates about 35 solar facilities in North Carolina.
Joining Mr. Gluf to cut the ribbon on Hickory Ridge’s solar panel system were several drafting students along with some special guests:
  • David Harrison, Cabarrus County Board of Education
  • Diamond Staton-Williams, Harrisburg Town Council
  • Diane Emanuelli, AP Earth & Environmental Science Teacher HRHS