School District 197

School District 197

Mark Fortman, Director of Operations for Independent School District 197, has been implementing sustainable programs within the district since 2000. From recycling and composting to LED light bulbs, ISD 197 has always been looking for ways to save money, save energy and reduce waste. Solar energy was a logical place to turn.

ISD 197 furthered its renewable commitment by installing rooftop solar arrays on five buildings starting in 2018. The district is projected to save $750,000 on electricity over the next 25 years, but due to limited roof space the arrays only account for about 5% of their total usage. Mark wanted to find solution that would offset the rest of that usage without costing the district any money, and community solar checked both boxes.

“It was an easy sell for me to the school board because the economics are clear. The district is in a positive cash flow position from day one.” said Fortman.

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ISD 197 Schools With Solar

  • Friendly Hills Middle School
  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet*
  • Garlough Environmental Magnet
  • Heritage E-STEM Magnet
  • Mendota Elementary

*Featured images

  • System Size: 200 kW
  • Installation Type: Roof Mount and Ground Mount
  • Completion Date: January 2018
  • Location: Mendota Heights, MN
  • Host Customer: ISD 197
  • Role: Developer
  • Contract Type: Subscriber Agreement