To continue the mission of embracing innovation, Shattuck-St. Mary’s has paired with local solar energy company, Nokomis Energy, to move to a cleaner energy source and reduce energy costs for the school.
By the end of 2021, SSM is projected to have subscribed 120% of our total usage (~6,000,000 kWh) through eight of Nokomis Energy’s solar gardens. To date, the School has saved more than $65,000 and will save roughly $60,000 annually for the next 25 years.
“Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is excited to partner with Nokomis Energy in an effort to provide leadership in the area of renewable energy in Southern Minnesota,” Head of School, Matthew Cavellier, said. “In addition, we are pleased the partnership will allow our students to gain a more complete understanding of solar energy and career opportunities in the field.”
This partnership brings solar energy even closer to campus by providing onsite access to the local solar gardens (some of which are located just a mile from campus), a real-time monitoring data portal, as well as, other STEM-related tools to engage SSM students in learning more about clean energy.
“By introducing young people to careers in renewable energy, we help move the energy transition forward because we need a lot more people focused on getting things done,” stated Nokomis Energy partner, Brendan Dillon. “The more we can do to get students interested in a clean energy career path, the better."
Nokomis Energy was founded in 2017 to help the people, businesses and communities of the Upper Midwest benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. The Nokomis team brings several decades of national experience in successful clean energy development to the region, which has led to the deployment of over 50MW of solar energy locally.
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