Duchesne continues to make strides to becoming a zero-waste, net-positive energy school by 2030. Current initiatives towards this goal include a school-wide composting program, a sustainable lunch program, and most recently the installation of a 30-panel solar array making Duchesne the first elementary or high school in Omaha to have solar power on campus.
The system was installed by Interconnection Systems, Inc. in late August and began powering on September 27. The 10-kilowatt array will produce enough electricity to power both the DREAM (Duchesne Research, Engineering, Art, and Media) Lab and the library daily, depending on the amount of sunshine on any given day. Comparatively, a 10kW array produces enough energy to power a typical US home. Not only will this project be a source of clean energy, but it will provide our students with an opportunity to gather data, monitor energy usage, and develop many other exciting STEAM projects as they explore careers paths in math, science, engineering, and sustainability.
This installation is a huge step in making our commitment to net-positive energy by 2030 a definite reality!
KETV featured Duchesne's solar panels and ongoing sustainability efforts in a segment which can be found here: https://www.ketv.com/article/duchesne-academy-installs-solar-panels-schools-sustainability-initiative/29252559