PJHM Architects, Inc. is very proud to present the Renewable Energy project at Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, California. The project consists of four Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) and eight solar panels. The focus of the project is to serve as a demonstration installation of renewable energy systems, which will be incorporated into the science curriculum at the school.
Aside from generating power that is connected to the school’s power grid behind the meter, the system will be connected to a computer inside one of the school’s science classrooms. This computer will have software installed that will allow for real-time monitoring of the system’s output – that data can be collected, analyzed and integrated into daily lesson-plans and long-term science projects.
The installation is small, only involving the four turbines and eight panels. It is estimated to generate approximately 10,000 kWh annually, which is about the amount of energy needed to power a typical house for a year. Monitoring of the system’s output by students will verify the power generation, cost savings, and pay-back period for the project. The energy generated will not be enough to power the entire school, but reduce annual energy costs and reduce the amount of power pulled from the Southern California Edison grid.
Grid-neutrality, or a percentage of, was not the focus of the project, though. The project was conceived with Rim of the World USD leadership to provide a unique, relevant and forward-thinking educational opportunity for the students of Rim of the World High School. Let the learning begin!