Hundreds of Solar Panels Now Sizzle on BCPSS Henderson-Hopkins’ Rooftop

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Some of the 616 solar panels do double-duty: provide shade for cars and generate emission-free electricity.
Some of the 616 solar panels do double-duty: provide shade for cars and generate emission-free electricity.

Innovative. That sums up both the Baltimore City Public School Henderson-Hopkins, and the new Constellation/Henderson-Hopkins solar partnership. We need more of this. 

Requiring no upfront capital from Baltimore City, Constellation financed and operates the solar installation which covers about 10 percent of the school’s rooftop. Henderson-Hopkins has entered a 15-year power purchase agreement with Constellation to buy the solar-powered electricity. This type of solar installation arrangement is an example of solar leasing (instead of buying the panels and owning installation). Solar leasing is available to Maryland homeowners.

The Elmer A. Henderson School is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Baltimore City Public School System. Known as Henderson-Hopkins, this high-performing charter school in East Baltimore is forward-thinking education in action. The school’s curricula is both individualized and contemporary and utilizes the latest advances in education. The school also employs a holistic “wrap-around” philosophy that provides support for the diverse students’ needs both in and out of the classroom.

Solar dashboard highlighting real time solar stats. Students will learn and study the solar unit in their STEM coursework.
Solar dashboard highlighting real time solar stats. Students will learn and study the solar unit in their STEM coursework.

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Laurel writes the environmental GreenLaurel column every other Thursday in the Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of UVA's MBA program, she spends her time with her family and making "all things green" interesting.
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