In less than 18 months, Sacred Heart School of Halifax has gone from winning inclusion in the Nova Scotia Solar for Community Buildings Pilot Program, raising over $200,000, building a solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof of the School, and now generating our own power and revenue. This warp-speed project implementation is a result of the hard work and passion by so many in our School community - students, faculty and staff, the Board, partners, and donors.
That passion for more environmental sustainability and stewardship has given the School and our students a three-fold win that will be felt for decades to come. The project allows the School to sell the PV electricity it generates directly to Nova Scotia Power at a 20-year fixed-price contract. The revenue from the sale of that power will all be directed to the School’s Bursary Fund to support Sacred Heart students who need tuition assistance. The environmental benefits are substantial, in less than two weeks the project has already saved 840 kg of CO2 emissions, and virtually planted 25 trees. These benefits can easily be tracked using an innovative data tracker which shows real-time results of the project. This data is also valuable, dynamic information for the classroom, and will be integrated into STEM units, projects, and other curricular areas now and over time.
The project would not have happened without the generous and proactive partnership of SHSH parent Robb Apold and his company Natural Forces Solar, who led this project from inception to final build. The project came into fruition thanks to impactful donations from the RSCJ (Religious of the Sacred Heart) and alumna Debbie Coles.