Woodmont Student and Business Administrator Featured in Solar Energy Video

Woodmont Elementary School student Shanvi Mahida, grade 5, is featured in the new solar panel video, produced by Solar Landscape.


The solar panel video can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools YouTube Channel.

Montville Township Public Schools and Solar Landscape launched a collaboration last year to harness solar energy through solar panels placed on 6 of the district’s schools.

Recently a new video, produced by Solar Landscape, was released to illustrate the positive environmental and economic impact of this collaborative solar energy initiative.

“It provides a great example of how we as a community can really make a difference toward climate change when we join together and do something on this type of scale,” said the district’s Business Administrator Katine Slunt.

The solar panels installed on the district’s buildings generate roughly 1.84 megawatts (DC) yearly.

Slunt and 5th grade student Shanvi Mahida, of Woodmont Elementary School, are featured the new video.

“When I heard that we were getting solar panels, I thought it was a great idea because solar panels are reusable energy,” Mahida said.

Mahida, who was in 4th grade at the time of the filming, talked with Solar Landscape about the importance of clean and renewable energy.

“It combines technology, because it’s made of solar cells -- and the sun, because it’s nature,” Mahida explained. “[Solar Energy] combines it, to give us a healthy energy to use.”

Based on the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, in the first year alone, the installation reduced carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to:

  • 1.57 million pounds – or 7.8 railcars’ worth -- of coal burned, or
  • 171 homes’ electricity use or
  • 3,281 barrels of oil consumed

The solar project was made possible through a 15-year solar power purchase agreement which enabled the school district to install the panels at no cost and purchase the electricity they generate at guaranteed discounts every month. The district’s utility cost savings are expected to be nearly $1 million over the term of the agreement.

“In New Jersey, solar can work for everyone, especially school districts like Montville Township Public Schools,” said Solar Landscape CEO Shaun Keegan. “Not only are schools a vital part of the state’s transition to a clean energy economy, they are also valuable platforms for everyone to learn about how we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in a meaningful way. When Montville Township’s kids see that their school is making a difference, they know they can, too.”

To maximize energy output, Solar Landscape developed an innovative design that increased the usable roof space by approximately half. All of the district’s installations use Unirac module racking and SolarEdge inverters.

“It’s affecting so many different [district] locations, and we are drawing so much energy off of a source that is available to us always,” Slunt said when explaining the positive impact of the solar energy initiative.

In addition to installing solar panels, Solar Landscape is also facilitating educational programming to help students learn about climate change and options for clean, renewable, energy.

“They [the students] are the ones who are going to take the banner,” Slunt said. “We might be laying the path on which they’re going to walk, but they’re the ones who are actually going to make the real change.”

Solar Landscape installed panels on six Montville Township Public Schools:

  • Cedar Hill Elementary
  • Valley View Elementary
  • William Mason Elementary
  • Woodmont Elementary
  • Robert R. Lazar Middle School
  • Montville Township High School

This interactive solar energy collaboration provides the district’s nearly 3,500 students with a real world opportunity to connect the dots and truly understand the positive impact that joining together and taking action can have on the economic and environmental resources of the community and the world at large.

“It really begins to help them realize that they have the ability to change how this story ends,” noted Slunt.

The solar panel video can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools YouTube Channel.


About Solar Landscape

Based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Solar Landscape is a leading New Jersey developer, designer, installer, owner, and operator of community solar and solar energy solutions for the commercial/industrial, municipal, public school and non-profit marketplace. The company has installed more than 110 megawatts of commercial solar energy projects in the Northeast. For more updates on Solar Landscape, visit the website (www.solarlandscape.com) or on TwitterLinkedInFacebook or Instagram.

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