Huntley Community School District 158

The Huntley Portfolio constitutes the largest solar-powered system at a school district in the State of Illinois, spanning three ground-mounted solar installations across three campuses in Huntley Community School District 158. Huntley has been one of the fastest-growing school districts in Illinois over the past decade, today serving 8,900 PreK-12 students and employing more than 1,400 staff members. This 5.5 MWdc portfolio of solar projects announced in January 2020 will offset 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions.

“In our 100th year of existence, Huntley 158 is delighted to further our legacy of innovation by powering our operations with cost-effective, clean electricity from 15,100 solar panels,” said Dr. Scott Rowe, superintendent of Huntley 158. “We maintain among the lowest per-pupil spending rates in all of Northern Illinois, and we see the millions of dollars in utility bills saved thanks to these projects as an opportunity to reinvest taxpayer dollars directly into student education, allowing us to more effectively educate tomorrow’s leaders.”

In 2021 ForeFront Power’s asset management team visited Huntley 158 to talk to a group of honors STEM students about how solar works and give them a tour of their school’s solar array. ForeFront Power, together with our education partners, can complement a school’s STEM curriculum by teaching students about the tangible value of decarbonization and how solar energy connects to their community’s broader sustainability goals. For example, students learn not only about solar energy components like modules and inverters, but that the school’s energy system feeds renewable electricity to the grid that can power hundreds of Illinois homes. Or they learn that by replacing carbon-intensive forms of energy production, their school’s solar energy system can help the community avoid millions of pounds of carbon emissions per year, and that this is equivalent to the amount of carbon that would be captured by thousands of acres of U.S. forests.

CustomerHuntley Community School District 158SegmentPublic SectorTypeGround MountCapacity5.5 MWYear2020LocationAlgonquin, Illinois

ForeFront Power speaking to STEM students at Huntley CSD 158 in Illinois

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