Conklin announces nearly $250,000 in state energy grants for Centre County projects

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today announced the award of $245,500 in state grants to help the State College Area School District buy and install three solar energy systems at three of the district’s elementary schools.

“I’m ecstatic that the State College Area School District was included in this grant disbursement,” Conklin said. “I know full well the students at these schools are going to benefit from the installation of alternative energy in more ways that they know. Plus, it shows them the importance and significance of alternative energy at a young age.”

One of the Solar Energy Program grants, worth $93,500, will be used for the purchase and installation of a 63.9-kilowatt solar power system to be located on a new two-story classroom and existing gym at the Spring Creek Elementary School. The solar panels will produce 74,053 kilowatts annually, approximately 28.45 percent of the building’s energy use, and save the district $5,769 in energy costs. The district will fund the remaining $93,500.

Another $85,250 grant will be used for the purchase and installation of a 59.3-kilowatt solar power system to be located on a new two-story classroom and existing gym at the Corl Street Elementary School. The solar panels will produce 68,700 kilowatts annually, approximately 20 percent of the building’s energy use, and save the district $5,352 in energy costs. The district will assume the remaining $85,250.

A third Solar Energy Program grant, worth $66,750, will be used for the installation and purchase of 78-kilowatt solar power system to be located on a new two-story classroom and existing gym at the Radio Park Elementary School. The solar panels will produce 90,178 kilowatts annually, approximately 20 percent of the building’s energy use, and save the district $7,025 in energy costs. The district will absorb the remaining $105,600.

These grants were approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.