August 3 (Solar) – Solar project developer ForeFront Power said on Thursday it will install 5.6 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for Huntley Community School District 158 in Illinois.
The ground-mounted projects will be built across three school campuses under a power purchase agreement (PPA) model. ForeFront Power, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co Ltd (TYO:8031) serving business, public sector and wholesale power customers, will design, permit, finance, install and maintain the installations for a 20-year term, while the school district will buy the electricity generated "at a predictable price below their existing utility rate." The solar arrays are expected to save the district USD 4.2 million (EUR 3.6m) over 20 years.
ForeFront Power, which was selected for the project via a request for proposal process, said construction will begin once interconnection approval has been received from the utility and formal certification to receive Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) under the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016 has been secured.
Scott Rowe, superintendent of Huntley 158, said on-site solar is a natural continuation of the district's energy efficiency projects and conservation efforts. "Seven of our buildings are already Energy Star certified and solar will make them even more sustainable. Plus, we save money in the process," Rowe added.