School Board Ready to Sign Contracts for Solar Program

News Release
March 05, 2021

The Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously yesterday to move forward with a solar program that will allow FCPS to purchase renewable energy with little or no upfront or operational costs. The Board authorized FCPS leadership to negotiate, execute and administer project contracts with approved solar contractors.

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) program will install solar panels on school buildings with the goal of reducing FCPS’ greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs.

As part of each project-specific agreement, one of the selected solar contractors will install and operate solar panels on school facilities. FCPS and/or county entities will purchase the generated electricity at a fixed rate over a fixed term of 25-28 years.

The motion to approve the solar facilities contract was introduced by the Board’s Dranesville District Representative Elaine Tholen. “This program will enable us to quickly begin an environmentally-friendly program that will help us keep utility costs low,” said Tholen. “It will also bring us one step closer to the proposed Joint Environmental Task Force goal, that we share with Fairfax County, to become carbon neutral (net zero carbon dioxide emissions).”

Tholen also recognized Solar on the Schools, an FCPS student group. She said, “They have encouraged the Board for years to move in this direction. We thank them for their work and for the fact that we are ready to sign contracts and move ahead with this exciting project.”

Solar contractors will be responsible for designing, permitting, installing, operating, and maintaining rooftop and/or canopy-mounted solar panels and associated equipment.

FCPS and Virginia-based Sigora Solar are in discussions to begin the solar program at three sites: Annandale High School, Hayfield Secondary School and Robinson Secondary School. No actual designs or project drawings are available at this time.

As part of an ongoing partnership with Fairfax County to expand the use of solar energy in schools, vendor contracts were announced in December 2019.

The original county request for proposal (RFP) for the FCPS solar program, the following 87 sites were included:

Annandale 

Beech Tree

Belle View

Belvedere 

Bucknell

Cameron

Canterbury Woods

Cedar Lane

Chantilly

Cherry Run

Chesterbrook 

Clermont 

Coates

Crestwood

Cunningham Park

Edison 

Fairfax 

Fairfax Villa

Falls Church

Flint Hill

Forestdale

Franconia

Franklin Middle

Freedom Hill

Frost 

Garfield

Graham Road

Great Falls

Greenbriar East

Gunston

Haycock

Hayfield Secondary

Hunt Valley

Hunters Woods

Hybla Valley 

Irving

Jackson

Justice

Keene Mill

Kent Gardens

Key 

Kings Park

Lake Anne

Lane

Langley

Laurel Hill

Lemon Road

Little Run

Longfellow

Lynbrook

Marshall

Marshall Road

Mason Crest

Mount Eagle

Newington Forest

North Springfield

Oakton Elementary

Ravensworth

Robinson

Rolling Valley

Sandburg 

Silverbrook

Sleepy Hollow

South County Middle School 

South Lakes

Spring Hill

Springfield Estates

Stenwood

Stratford Landing

Sunrise Valley

Terra Centre

Terraset

Thoreau

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Timber Lane

Vienna 

West Springfield Elementary

Westbriar

Westgate

Westlawn

Weyanoke

White Oaks

Whitman

Wolftrap 

Woodlawn

Woodley Hills

Woodson 


For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.###