Together, FCPS and Fairfax County Move Closer to Expanding Solar Power Opportunities

News Release
December 10, 2019

Vendor contracts were announced today as part of an ongoing partnership with Fairfax County that will potentially expand the use of solar energy to 87 Fairfax County public schools and facilities. This is the largest power purchase agreement in the state for a municipality to date.

“The notification of the award is another successful point in our journey to move FCPS toward increased adoption of renewable energy sources,” according to FCPS School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders. “Our ongoing sustainability efforts are worthy of highlighting. FCPS has achieved an annual reduction of 14.5 percent in total energy use division-wide since 2014, a cost savings of more than $31 million. Our move toward solar reinforces the School Board’s commitment to our environmental stewardship responsibilities.  Pursuant to School Board policy, FCPS will continue to take bold, innovative and sustained actions to help our country achieve climate stabilization.  There are still many issues to navigate as we move forward with solar energy efforts that will require cooperation at all levels of government to ensure success.”

 “We’re excited to be partnering with the County in a movement that’s good for our students, families and our environment, “said Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand.  “Lower energy costs through solar power purchase agreements will enable FCPS to save millions of dollars while freeing up additional funds for classroom investments.  We look forward to working with the County to expand this initiative to as many FCPS schools and facilities as possible.  Our solar investment will also become an amazing learning lab for our students to reinforce the value and sustainability of solar energy.”

FCPS has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for having 173 schools earn Energy Star certification and as Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  One hundred thirty-four schools participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Program; of those, 16 have achieved the highest honor in that program, Green Flag status, and three of those schools have achieved permanent Green Flag status. FCPS has also been recognized with a 2019 Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Award from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council; platinum certification from the Virginia School Board Association’s Green School Divisions certification program; and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 2019 Climate Energy Leadership Award.

FCPS was one of the first regional school districts in the nation to install equipment to help capture energy from the sun.  Shortly after the 1973 oil embargo, several regional school districts began experimenting with the use of solar power.  In 1977, FCPS opened Terraset Elementary School which incorporated solar heat collector tubes that would capture energy from the sun.  Five other schools have installed demonstration solar panels on their rooftops and there are solar powered flashing school zone signs posted along Fairfax County roadways.

The 87 eligible schools being considered for solar modifications include:

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 Sec
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 ES
Ravensworth
Robinson
Rolling Valley
Sandburg 
Silverbrook
Sleepy Hollow
South County MS
South Lakes
Spring Hill
Springfield Estates
Stenwood
Stratford Landing
Sunrise Valley
Terra Centre
Terraset
Thoreau
TJHSST
Timber Lane
Vienna 
West Springfield ES
Westbriar
Westgate
Westlawn
Weyanoke
White Oaks
Whitman
Wolftrap 
Woodlawn
Woodley Hills
Woodson 
 

 

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