Kyocera Solar and Dynamic Solar Solutions have installled 207kW of Kyocera solar modules atop Academia Cristo de los Milagros (ACM) in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
The modules will provide a significant reduction to the private school’s electricity bill by harnessing Puerto Rico’s abundant sunshine to offset rising energy prices.
The total system will produce 296,900 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, saving the school a projected $71,000 per year. Government incentives will cover 35 percent of the system’s cost, providing a return on investment within five years of installation.
This solar project and others like it will help meet Puerto Rico’s energy portfolio targets of 15 percent renewables by 2020 and 20 percent by 2035.
Recognized as a top-performing solar module in both the 2014 and 2016 PV Solar Module Reliability Scorecard, the Kyocera modules’ high-reliability track record will provide a consistent, long-term, clean energy solution for ACM.
Puerto Rico’s commercial electricity rates are approximately 23 cents per kWh, compared to approximately 8 to 15 cents per kWh in the mainland United States.
With such high rates, solar is especially suited for the picturesque Caribbean where schools and businesses are making smart choices to control costs and help reduce carbon emissions.
Dynamic Solar Solutions operations vice president Juan Carlos Díaz said: "It is very important to ensure our customers receive the best performance from their systems, which is why we exclusively install Kyocera Solar modules, which have been proven reliable for decades.
"When the Academy was analyzing the cost savings from solar, its neighbor installed an 892kW Kyocera solar rooftop system with great success, causing the Academy to specifically request Kyocera modules — the highest compliment."
Dynamic Solar installed the rooftop system using prefabricated bases and an Ironridge racking system. Dynamic Solar is the leading solar contractor in Puerto Rico, with a total installed capacity of 52MW of projects in Puerto Rico, USVI and the continental U.S.
Academia Cristo de los Milagros principal Myrna Carrion said: "ACM is committed to protecting the environment.
"This solar project supports our commitment to help the environment while reducing our operational budget for the benefit of our students."